Mill Valley City Manager Alan Piombo and Arts & Recreation Director Sean McGrew.

After a 16-month stint as the Interim Arts & Recreation Director for the City of Mill Valley, Sean McGrew officially had the ‘interim” tag removed from his title at the June 7th City Council meeting. City Manager Alan Piombo announced that McGrew, who took over for the departing Jenny Rogers in late 2019, had earned the removal of the interim tag.

“During his many years in Recreation, Sean has demonstrated visionary and collaborative leadership and the ability to lead and motivate staff, as well as working with a diverse workforce and community,” Piombo said.

Piombo said McGrew “has managed the Recreation Department’s response to the pandemic, providing emergency shelter for fire evacuees, and the re-envisioning of the City’s Arts and Recreation programs.”

“This past year completely upended the departments that offer in-person programming such as Recreation,” Mayor John McCauley said. “But under Sean’s leadership, we continued to serve our community with innovative Recreation and Arts programming to keep us connected and active. I want to thank Sean for his unflappable resilience through it all.”

McGrew has more than 40 years of recreation experience, which began at 14 years-old, cleaning pools and teaching swimming for San Francisco Recreation and Parks. Over his career, he has conducted, coordinated, supervised, or managed Aquatics, Early Childhood, Afterschool, Sports, Adult, Day Camps, Seniors, and Fitness programs. He has experience in business and administrative support and managing building maintenance. He has conducted a variety of training sessions for San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Mill Valley Recreation, and the California Parks and Recreation Society including Customer Service, Staff Development, program service models, and professionalism. 

McGrew attended San Diego State University and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Political Science. In his off-hours, Sean enjoys scuba diving, surfing, travel, and travel photography, as well as a good book to read.

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