Jim Erickson, former City Administrator for Millbrae, died this week following a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 67.
Erickson, whose last job was as city manager for the city of Benicia, worked as Millbrae City Administrator for 22 years -- from 1982 to 2003, according to Millbrae City Clerk Angela Louis.
In 2003, he took the job of Benicia City Manager.
Erickson served as city manager from 2003 to 2010, when he retired in July, but was quickly rehired to serve as interim city manger until Oct. 15, 2010.
He spent 40 years in public service, first in the Army and then in various cities in California.
Erickson attended the University of California at Berkeley on an Army ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1967, but didn't start active duty until September of that year.
So, he said, he passed the next three months "going to the beach. I spent a lot of time in Santa Cruz that summer."
The tan faded when he was assigned to missile duty in Grand Forks, N.D., but during that time he earned his masters degree.
Erickson was a loyal Cal fan who rarely missed a home football game.