It is with sadness that the City of San Carlos learned earlier this afternoon of the passing of Former Mayor Randy Royce at his home in San Carlos after a long battle with cancer.
Royce was elected to the City Council in 2007 and served one term from 2007 through December 2011. During his tenure on the City Council, he served as Vice Mayor and Mayor.
In addition to his service on the City Council, Royce also served the City as a member of the History, Arts & Science Commission, the Economic Development Advisory Commission, the Residential Design Review Committee and the Planning Commission.
Royce was also involved in countless volunteer programs and groups including serving as the Chairman of the San Carlos 75th Anniversary Committee, a Coach of AYSO Soccer, the San Carlos Museum Board, the San Carlos Sister Cities Association and the Canada College Presidential Advisory Committee.
Flags at City Buildings were lowered to half-staff this afternoon in Royce’s honor.
In 2011, the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Carlos presented the San Carlos Citizen of the Year Award to Royce.
When presented with the award, Royce was lauded for his service to the community and his time on the City Council. During his term as Mayor in 2010 and following the San Bruno explosion and fire, Royce met with PG&E officials to request hydrostatic testing of natural gas lines.
As a result, San Carlos became one of the first cities in the State whose natural gas lines were tested in this manner and were upgraded with automatic shut off valves.
Royce also presided over a City Council charged with finding ways of maintaining or increasing the level of City services while reducing costs. He was instrumental in moving the city from a $3.5 Million structural deficit to a budget surplus of over $500,000 in just over a year while simultaneously raising the level of services to the community in the areas of Police, Fire, and Parks & Recreation.
This creative approach to budget balancing led to the City of San Carlos receiving the prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Innovative Financial Programs from the League of California Cities in 2012.
His desire to help others extends beyond San Carlos as Royce traveled to Pass Christian, Mississippi with the San Carlos community relief effort, helping the citizens there rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Yvette, raised two sons in San Carlos where Randy coached AYSO soccer.
In addition, he served as a member of the History of San Carlos Museum Board, the San Carlos Sister Cities Association and the Canada College Presidential Advisory Board.
“San Carlos has lost a great leader and citizen today," Mayor Bob Grassilli said. "Randy Royce was someone who always gave his energy, passion and heart to everything he was involved with. He has given so much to the San Carlos community. He will be sorely missed but his many contributions will be remembered and treasured by all of us.”
During his term on the City Council, Royce also served on several committees and boards representing the City and City Council including the 2+2 City Council/School Board Joint Committee, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) – City Council Representative, C/CAG Regional Housing Needs Assessment Committee, San Mateo County Council of Cities, City Council Finance Subcommittee, Housing and Regional Trust (HEART) Board of Directors (appointed by the Mayors in San Mateo County), League of California Cities Peninsula Division, Parks and Recreation Commission (Council Liaison), San Carlos Together, Wheeler Plaza Subcommittee, Council Liaison to the Harbor Industrial Association (HIA), San Mateo County Library JPA Board and Alternate Council Representative on the South Bayside System Authority Board (SBSA).
“Randy Royce was a close friend and mentor," Council Member Ron Collins said. "During his service to the City as a Planning Commissioner, City Council Member and Mayor, he had the courage to make many tough decisions that have and will continue to benefit the City for many years to come. We are all better for having known him and are grateful to the many contributions he made to the City of San Carlos.”
Royce received an M.B.A degree from USC and spent 23 years career at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on several complex, high-tech investment scenarios.
During his time at HP’s Agilent division, Royce was acting Chief Financial Officer of three Silicon Valley start-ups where he provided leadership, financial consulting and communication with management, investors and the board of directors.
His personal interests included photography, San Carlos history, woodworking, travel, long walks with his dog Mia, skiing and golf.
Royce often was seen taking high quality photos at City Events like Hometown Days as the unofficial “City Photographer.”
His photos also appear in the book “San Carlos Stories: An Oral History of San Carlos” written by Carlmont High School History Teacher Linda Wickert Garvey.
Randy is survived by his wife Yvette and his two sons Todd and Roger. A memorial service for him is planned at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Further details on the service will be forthcoming.