LiveWire – September 2023

Posted on September 1, 2023

City Manager’s Update
Brian Dossey, Outgoing City Manager

As I write my final LiveWire article, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the residents, the City Council, the staff and community for making my time in Colma memorable. When I started in 2003 as a Recreation Manager the residential community welcomed me and my family with open arms, making the transition in to Colma special. I’ll always remember the hugs from the seniors and them always asking how my wife Lisa was doing and wanting to hear about our trips to Lake Tahoe or visits back east when visiting Lisa’s family.

As the years went by, I will always be thankful to the previous City Managers and the City Council for giving me the opportunity to expand my skill set and work in other departments learning more and more about the Town of Colma, and local government. The staff and City Council truly work as a team and always strive to make Colma a better place to live, work and visit.  I feel so lucky to have been a part of Colma and call it home for the past twenty years.

When I was promoted to City Manager six years ago, I was so incredibly humbled and excited for the opportunity to work with such a great City Council, staff and community.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become a City Manager when I started my career in Recreation Services. It has been a privilege to serve in this role and to be a part of this community.

I was completely overwhelmed at the show of support at my farewell on August 16th, and it was amazing to see all the familiar faces I had the opportunity to meet, work with and share Colma experiences with. I’ll always cherish my farewell, for Colma will always be in my heart.

Looking ahead, I know Colma is in great hands, the City Council hired a great City Manager in Dan Barros and the Leadership Team is excited to work with him and the community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dan and welcome him to Colma.

As always, It’s Great to be Alive in Colma!

Calling All Superheroes! Join C.A.P.E.!
Caitlin Corley, City Clerk

With the devastation caused by the recent wildfire in Maui and tropical storm Hilary fresh in our minds, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for an emergency. We need to be ready to take care of ourselves, our family, and our whole community when the unexpected strikes. That’s why the Town of Colma is looking for SUPERHEROES! Join C.A.P.E—Community Action Plan for Emergencies— a volunteer program that provides Colma residents with free training so that they can be ready to assist their families, friends and neighbors in an emergency situation.

This series of evening workshops provides a ton of great information and training on emergency preparedness and is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors and build community. Those who complete the full series will be receive Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) certification from San Mateo County and a free emergency survival backpack (one per household) filled with useful supplies and tools!  All workshops are free of charge and include dinner.

Classes will be Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the Colma Community Center from September 20, 2023 – November 1, 2023. Class topics include general disaster preparedness, fire safety and household hazards, basic first aid, light search and rescue operations, securing your utilities, and more!

Already a C.A.P.E. graduate? There will be a Refresher Course on November 15, 2023 to keep you up-to-date and refresh your emergency response skills.

To sign up, please contact Colma Recreation Services at 650.985.5678 or Deadline to reserve your spot is Friday, September 15, 2023.

Hope you will be able to join our team of Superheroes helping to keep Colma a great place to be alive!!

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