Positions overseeing San Mateo’s $170 million annual operating budget and a department that charts the course for future development in a city of 105,000 residents will be the responsibilities of two new leaders appointed by incoming City Manager Drew Corbett.

Corbett, the current assistant city manager/finance director, has hired South San Francisco’s Finance Director Richard Lee to succeed him in San Mateo’s finance department. Lee will be responsible for overseeing the city’s budget and a five-year $810 million capital improvement program. Kohar Kojayan, who has served as San Mateo’s deputy director of the Community Development Department for the last two years, will take over as director of the department, according to the city.

Lee has over a decade of municipal experience including time with Los Altos Hills and Millbrae, before he spent the last five years in South San Francisco. Lee lives with his wife and two young sons in Redwood City and is also an accomplished freelance trombonist who has played with the San Francisco Opera orchestra. Lee will start Jan. 8. Kojayan previously worked for Contra Costa County before serving 10 years in Foster City’s Planning and Code Enforcement Division. Kojayan enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children in their San Carlos home. Corbett was appointed as the next city manager beginning Dec. 24, according to the city.

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