Longtime city administrator Barry McClellan, who led San Jacinto, dies
By Craig Shultz
Former San Jacinto City Manager Barry McClellan, who spent 36 years in municipal government and volunteered for organizations across the region, will be remembered at a memorial service Thursday, Jan. 4.
He died Dec. 22 in Georgetown, Texas, at age 71.
Former San Jacinto City Manager Barry McClellan died Dec. 22. Courtesy photo
McClellan retired as city manager of San Jacinto at the end of 2009. A civil engineer, he also worked in Riverside, Palm Desert, Irvine and Moreno Valley, where he was the city’s first public works manager in 1986 and later its assistant city manager.
McClellan was ready to retire when he joined San Jacinto as interim public works director in May 2005. About three months later, he was named interim city manager and was hired for the permanent job in October 2005.
San Jacinto City Councilman Andrew Kotyuk, who was a planning commissioner when McClellan was city manager, said he helped lay the groundwork for where the city is today.
“What is accelerating today was started under his time as city manager,” Kotyuk said.
McClellan’s final meeting as city manager came after nine people, including four San Jacinto council members, were indicted on corruption charges in the city. McClellan had no connection to the case.
Outside of work, McClellan served as president of Rotary Clubs in Moreno Valley and San Jacinto and on the boards of the March Field Air Museum, United Way of Inland Valleys, Riverside County Medical Center Foundation, Cal State San Bernardino MPA Program Advisory Board and Palm Desert Exchange Club.
His funeral is set for 9:30 a.m. at the March Field Air Museum, 22550 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside.