Short Biography of Bill McCrone

IMG_0279“I believe that my expertise, education, demonstrated leadership, and extensive experience as a City Commissioner, qualify me for the position of Mayor of Monterey.  I look forward to earning your vote on November 6th.”

Bill McCrone has lived his life with a priority on public service,beginning with his military service at West Point which culminated with him earning three Bronze Stars during combat service in Vietnam. After returning home from Vietnam, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law and returned to the Army serving as Senior Defense Counsel and Chief of Legal Assistance for the military population at Fort Ord in 1974.

In 1977, Bill opened his private law practice specializing in real estate, business, and estate planning. With his interest in historic preservation, he has worked to build public /private partnerships to preserve and restore our historic properties in the city of Monterey.

Bill McCrone has been a community leader for decades, first with his work on the Board and as President of the Family Resource Center (now known as the Family Services Agency), and then with involvement as an adult leader for Brownies, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Pony League Baseball.   Most recently (2014 – present), he has acted as Chairman of the Lower Presidio Historic Park project for the Old Monterey Foundation that has resulted in completion of Phase One of the Park Master Plan.  The Park was dedicated in November 2017 at a cost of $1.3 million with funds raised from public and private donors.

As a member and chairperson (2 years) of the Parks & Recreation Commission from 1987 – 1997 many projects were designed and completed – most notably the Monterey Sports Center, Window on the Bay Park, Monterey High School lower fields, the Skateboard Park and San Carlos Beach Park.

Bill helped to organize the Old Town Neighborhood Association (OTNA) and was an early representative to the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIP).

McCrone was appointed to the Monterey Planning Commission in 1997 and served (several times as Chair) until 2015. During those 18 years, he has dealt with all manner of use permits and development issues. Most recently, he led the effort to redesign the Downtown Specific Plan, North Fremont Specific Plan and the Waterfront Master Plan.

Bill was born in Washington D.C. into a military family, his father having served in WW II. He grew up in Texas, France, and Virginia; and graduated from high school in Arlington, VA in 1964.  He is a devoted husband, father, and a cat owner.

Read more