City department head called to military service in Iraq
Darryl Burton stands with American flag posted outside City Hall
Office of the Mayor.
By Pat Murphy
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
July 29, 2006
Darryl Burton made the rounds of San Francisco City Hall yesterday
pressing flesh with colleagues as his departure for military service
in Iraq draws near.
Burton went on military leave of absence as director of the Department
of Administrative Services shortly after receiving his July 12
notification of reservist call-up.
Actual departure date is kept secreted, "but my emotions
are moving as departure time gets closer," Burton told the
A resident of San Francisco since 1989, Burton headed Administrative
Services for three years.
Burton will be stationed first in Baghdad, and then move throughout
the theatre administering a MASH (mobile auxiliary surgical hospital)
The father of three children, Burton will serve as chief of staff
of the 399th Combat Support Hospital. His wife Wendy and children
aged four-years-old through 16-years-old remain in San Francisco.
He expressed gratitude to department workers and managers.
"I just want to thank the employees of the City and County
of San Francisco, in particular my employees that worked for me
in the Department of Administrative Services and the managers
for all the support that they provided me during my three years,"
"I also want to thank the mayor for his support and leadership,
and members of the Board (of Supervisors) in what they are trying
to do on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco,"
His military mailing address is as yet unknown.