Jim Throop of Paso Robles appointed city manager of Cupertino

Photo courtesy of City of Cupertino website.

At Tuesday’s Cupertino City Council meeting, Jim Throop, the former City Manager of Lompoc, was unanimously appointed Cupertino’s new City Manager. His first day will be Jan. 3, 2022.

“The Cupertino City Council cast a nationwide net in order to bring forth an excellent city manager with the experience, temperament and commitment to serve the entire community well,” Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul said. “Council worked long hours and had impassioned discussions reflective of how much each of us cares deeply about our collective future. In the upcoming weeks and months, as we continue to do the hard work of having an honest and open conversation, with results borne of intelligence and integrity, I know that we will have a good partner in Jim Throop.”

Throop has over 23 years of experience in local government—mostly from California. He served as Lompoc’s City Manager for the past three years. Previously, Throop was the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Oxnard, Director of Administrative Services for the City of Paso Robles, and the Director of Budget and Research for Pinal County, Arizona.

Throop was born in Orange County and is a current resident of Paso Robles. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and MBA in Finance from University of Southern California and Chapman University, respectively. He is married with four grown children and spends his free time bicycling, motorcycling, cooking, and wine tasting.

“I want to thank the Cupertino City Council for this honor,” said Throop. “I look to this new adventure as the pinnacle of my career, and I look forward to working with the Council, staff, and the community.”