In Marin / CONVERSATION
GARY PHILLIPS HAS a lot going on. Look up in the sky, Gary Phillips is piloting a four-seat Beechcraft; at home and in the community, he’s a husband of 46
years and the father of three children; in the
business world, he’s a successful MBA and a
CPA; on the golf course, he’s a member of the
Olympic Club in San Francisco who holds a
single-digit handicap; and on the highways,
he’s driven a vintage automobile in four Great
Races across America.
Gary Phillips is also the mayor of San Rafael.
San Rafael is Marin’s largest city, with nearly
60,000 residents and a budget approaching
$100 million, and it’s the county’s only city
where citizens elect a mayor.
But Phillips is no one-term wonder. He
was first elected San Rafael’s mayor in 2011 by
besting a strong opponent; then he ran unopposed for the office in 2015. Phillips claims his
political career, if you choose to call it that,
began with coaching youth sports. Then, as
he enjoyed that involvement and neighbors
responded to his demeanor, Phillips went on
to serve on the Dixie District School Board,
the San Rafael Planning Commission, and
Being mayor of Marin’s
largest city is only one of
his many life pursuits.
BY JIM WOOD
PHOTO BY LENNY GONZALEZ