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Sukari Beshears

Steve McCulley

Police Chief
Town of Atherton, California

It is our pleasure to announce that Steve McCulley has been appointed the new Police Chief for the Town of Atherton. Steve will arrive in Atherton after an extensive law enforcement career in Washington at the State and Municipal levels. Most recently, Steve served as Police Chief for the Snoqualmie Police Department, where he was able to help the City maintain one of the lowest crime rates in King County. We believe Steve’s diverse career experience and proven managerial abilities are the the perfect match for his new role. Best of luck to Steve and Atherton!

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Sukari Beshears

Sukari Beshears

Human Resources Director
City of Brentwood, California

We are pleased to announce that Sukari Beshears has been selected to serve as the next Human Resources Director for the City of Brentwood! Sukari holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, and has a long history of human resources experience. Prior to this appointment, Sukari served as the Human Resources Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District. While with EBRPD, Sukari was able to successfully manage employee relations and develop efficient policies and procedures within the Department. Best of luck to Sukari and the City of Brentwood!

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Lisa Lopez

Human Resources Director
City of Emeryville, California

Congratulations to Lisa Lopez for being appointed the new Human Resources Director of the City of Emeryville! Lisa holds a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and will arrive in Emeryville with 12 years of human resources experience. Most recently, Lisa served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Contra Costa County. We know Lisa’s experience and skills will serve her well in her position.

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Kathleen Trepa

Kathleen Salguero Trepa

Assistant City Manager
City of Concord, California

Kathleen Salguero Trepa has been selected to serve as the next Assistant City Manager for the City of Concord. Kathleen has extensive experience serving at an executive level in local government after posts as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Goleta and the Director of Community Services for the City of Claremont. While in Goleta, Kathleen oversaw the functions of human resources, support services and risk operations. We look forward to hearing of the exciting developments to come from this new partnership between Kathleen and Concord!

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Bob Hall

Bob Hall

General Manager
Rancho Santa Fe Association, California

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Hall to Rancho Santa Fe Association General Manager. Bob has 28 years of public administration experience, with posts including City Manager for Fountain Valley and Assistant City Manager for Huntington Beach. Bob holds a Masters of Public Administration from CSU San Bernardino and currently serves on the Board of the Orange County City Manager’s Association. Congratulations to Bob, and best of luck in your new position!

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Rick Robinson

Fire Chief
City of Oceanside, California

We are happy to announce that the City of Oceanside has selected Rick Robinson to be the next Fire Chief of the Oceanside Fire Department. Prior to this appointment, Rick worked with the Orange County Fire Authority from 1980 until 2013 when he first joined Oceanside FD. This extensive experience and familiarity with the region allowed Rick to rise to the top of a qualified group of candidates. Rick has been serving as Interim Fire Chief for the Fire Department since June, and will be able to hit the ground running in his new position. Best wishes to Rick and the City of Oceanside!

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Brent Dennis

Brian Loventhal

City Manager
City of Campbell, California

Congratulations to Brian, who competed among six finalists for the position of Campbell City Manager. Brian brings 23 years of experience with the nearby City of Monte Sereno, 18 of which he served as City Manager. He is an ICMA Credentialed City Manager and holds a JD from Santa Clara University. Brian has also been actively involved in the Santa Clara region, including as a member of the Next General Committee.

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Maria Hurtado

Maria Hurtado

Assistant City Manager
City of Hayward, California

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Hurtado to Hayward Assistant City Manager. With Kelly McAdoo’s promotion to the City Manager seat, Maria was a “perfect fit” to move into the Assistant City Manager position. Maria brings 20 years’ experience in local government, including roles as Assistant City Manager for the cities of Tracy and Oxnard. She plays an active role with ICMA as well as the International Hispanic Network and Women Leading Government.

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Cathy Capriola

Cathy Capriola

City Manager
City of Sonoma, California

With extensive experience in local government, Cathy is honored to serve her home community of Sonoma. Having served the City of Novato for 7 years as Assistant City Manager as well as Interim City Manager, Cathy brings outstanding experience as well as true passion for Sonoma. She received her Master’s degree from Yale University and is a Board member of the Bay Cities Joint Power Authority.


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Brent Dennis

Brent Dennis

Director of Community Services
City of Anaheim, California

Congratulations, Brent, on your selection by Anaheim City Manager Paul Emory as the new Director of Community Services. Brent formerly served as the General Manager for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. He also served as the Director of Operations over Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. There he was responsible for multiple recreation and park programs, maintenance, and operational support services. Under his leadership, a safe and clean environment was enjoyed by over 15 million visitors annually at Golden Gate Park. In 2010, the Mayor of San Francisco and the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee recognized Brent as one of the top managers in City and County of San Francisco government for his work in balancing the budgets of the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Congratulations Brent, we wish you the very best!

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Nancy Newton

Assistant County Executive
County of Sacramento, California

Congratulations to Nancy Newton for being selected to serve as the next Assistant County Executive for the County of Sacramento! Nancy will bring extensive Managerial and Operations experience to her new County. Since 2004, Nancy has worked in the County Administrator’s Officer of Clackamas County, Oregon, most recently serving as Deputy County Administrator. During her tenure with Clackamas County, Nancy played a crucial role in develop the first ever Countywide strategic plan. We look forward to hearing of the exciting new developments that will come from this new partnership. All the best to Nancy and Sacramento County.

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Steve Akre

Fire Chief
Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority, California

It is our pleasure to announce that Steve Akre has been appointed to the position of Fire Chief with Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority. Steve has been a firefighter in the Bay Area since 1988, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Management from California State University Sacramento. Steve will arrive in Sonoma after 26 years of service with the City of Pinole Fire Department. Recently in Pinole, Steve was able to standardize training and operations across three different shifts to improve communications and effectiveness. Best wishes to Steve and Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority.

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Sarah Thompson

Human Resources Manager
Town of Silverthorne, Colorado

Congratulations to Sarah Thompson for being selected to serve as the next Human Resources Manager with the Town of Silverthorne, CO. Sarah will arrive with an extensive and diverse human resources background. Since 2003, Sarah has worked with Vail Resorts in various capacities ranging from Finance and Administrative Manager to Human Resources Manager. While serving as the Human Resources Manager, Sarah completed a redesign of the employee housing allotment system. Prior to her time with Vail Resorts, Sarah worked as an HR Generalist both domestically and abroad. Best of luck to Sarah and the Town of Silverthorne.

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Todd Billeci

Chief Probation Officer
Contra Costa County, California

Congratulations to Todd Billeci for being appointed to the role of Chief Probation Officer with Contra Costa County! Todd began his career with Contra Costa County in 1991 as a Probation Counselor and has exemplified the leadership qualities and skills that make for a successful Probation Department. We look forward to hearing of Todd’s accomplishments in his new position. All the best to Todd and Contra Costa County.

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Gary Welling

Assistant Director of Water and Sewer
Santa Clara, California

We are happy to announce the selection of Gary Welling as the new Assistant Director of Water and Sewer for the City of Santa Clara! Prior to his arrival in Santa Clara, Gary had served in water management roles for the City of Santa Monica since 1991. While there, Gary managed the operations of nearly 300 miles of water, sewer, and storm drain pipeline and assisted in the implementation of a water use reduction plan. Congratulations to Gary and the City of Santa Clara!

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Brad Misner

Director of Planning and Neighborhood Services
Milpitas, California

Brad Misner has been appointed the new Director of Planning and Neighborhood Services for the City of Milpitas. Brad will arrive in Milpitas after nearly 9 years with the Planning Department in Santa Monica. In Santa Monica, Brad played a key role in the drafting of a comprehensive update to the City’s Zoning Ordinance. We look forward to hearing of the exciting new developments that will come from Brad in his new role. Best wishes to Brad and the City of Milpitas!

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Ken MacNab

Community Development Director
Windsor, California

Congratulations to Ken MacNab for being selected to serve as the next Community Development Director for the Town of Windsor! With over 15 years of planning experience in the Bay Area, Ken’s capabilities and regional familiarity allowed him to stand out among a group of well qualified candidates. Most recently, Ken was the Planning Manager for the City of Napa. While in Napa he was able to secure grant funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and update the Housing Element of the City’s General Plan. We wish all the best to Ken and the Town of Windsor!

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Laura Kennedy

Director of Finance and Administrative Services
Silverthorne, Colorado

Laura Kennedy has been selected to serve as the next Director of Finance and Administrative Services for the Town of Silverthorne, CO. Laura, who holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, will come to Silverthorne after serving as an Accounting Manager for the Town of Breckenridge for nearly 7 years. Laura’s hard work in Breckenridge led to the Town receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the first time in the Town’s history. We look forward to hearing more about Laura’s continued success. Best of luck to Laura and the Town of Silverthorne.

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John Minor

Chief of Police
Silverthorne, Colorado

Congratulations to John Minor for being selected to serve as the next Chief of Police for the Town of Silverthorne, CO. John has extensive law enforcement experience and most recently served as the Sheriff for Summit County, CO. Prior to serving as Sheriff, John spent 11 years with the Silverthorne Police Department. John looks forward to working with Department once again. We wish all the best to John and the Town of Silverthorne!

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Eric Sergienko

County Health Officer
Mariposa County, California

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Sergienko has been appointed to the position of County Health Officer with Mariposa County. Eric will arrive in Mariposa County after a 26 year career with the U.S. Navy. During that time, Eric served in various positions ranging from Department of Defense Liaison to the Center for Disease Control to Director of Public Health and Emergency Physician. Prior to military service, Eric spent several seasons as a Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park. He looks forward to once again enjoying the natural beauty of Mariposa County. Best of luck to both Eric and Mariposa County!

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Kevin Fabino

Development Services Director
City of South Lake Tahoe, California

Congratulations to Kevin Fabino for being selected to serve as the next Development Services Director for the City of South Lake Tahoe! Kevin’s depth of experience in community and economic development and planning made him the perfect candidate for his new position. Kevin holds two Bachelor’s degrees from George Williams College and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno. Most recently, Kevin served as the Community Development Director for the City of Reedley. We are excited to watch Kevin and South Lake Tahoe grow together towards the future.

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Leticia Livian

Human Resources Manager
City of Pacific Grove, California

Following numerous attempts to identify the best “fit” for the City of Pacific Grove, Leticia Livian emerged as an outstanding candidate to serve as the organization’s new Human Resources Manager. Leticia brings 12 years experience, most recently overseeing all human resources functions for the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication from San Jose State University.

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Gabe Gonzalez

City Administrator
City of Gilroy, California

Congratulations to Gabe on his appointment by the 7-member Gilroy City Council. Gabe brings 21 years of experience, having initially served as Finance Director for the City of Arvin; City Manager for the City of Mendota; and ultimately City Manager for the City of Rohnert Park. He received his MPA from California State University, Fresno.

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Jeremy Dennis

Town Manager
Town of Portola Valley, California

Having formerly served as a District Director for Assemblyman Rich Gordon, Jeremy brings extensive experience and knowledge of San Mateo County that will be beneficial in his new role with Portola Valley. Working with an excellent Town Council and staff, Jeremy will work collaboratively within the community and region. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Dylan Feik

City Manager
City of Calistoga, California

Competing among 37 applicants, Dylan was recently selected by the Calistoga Council to serve as City Manager of this lovely community. Dylan is currently serving as Administrative Services Director for the City of Auburn and formerly was the Assistant City Manager for Knoxville, Iowa. Having received his MPA from the University of Kansas, Dylan also brings experience with the City of Olathe, Kansas. Congratulations Dylan!

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Deanna Lorson

Assistant City Manager, Economic & Development Services
City of Oceanside, California

Bringing over 25 years of experience in a variety of areas within development services, Deanna was recently selected by City Manager Michelle Skaggs-Lawrence to serve in this newly created position. Deanna most recently served as Assistant City Manager with the City of Riverside. Deanna holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands and her MPA from CSU, San Bernardino.

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Jane McPherson

Finance Director
City of Oceanside, California

Congratulations to Jane on her appointment to the position of Finance Director. Jane started with the City of Oceanside as Accounting Manager in 2010 and most recently served in the Interim Finance Director role. She is a CPA and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

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Lee Butler

Planning Manager
City of Santa Clara, California

Congratulations to Lee Butler for being selected to serve as the next Planning Manager for the City of Santa Clara! Lee has been working in the public sector for the past 15 years. His major accomplishments include serving as Acting Community Development Director during the Director’s absence for the City of Gilroy and being honored as the Employee of the Year with the City of San Jose Planning Division. We know the partnership between Lee and Santa Clara will lead to exciting developments for the City, and we look forward to watching Lee grow in his new position.

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Eugene PalazzoEugene Palazzo

City Manager
City of Galt, California

We are delighted to announce that Eugene Palazzo has been appointed the next City Manager for the City of Galt! The City Council believes that Eugene’s 27 years of local government experience equips him with the perfect skill set to lead Galt into the future. Most recently, Eugene served as City Manager for the City of Crescent City. While in Crescent City Eugene was able to implement the City’s first ever 5 year Capital Improvement Plan designed to improve and sustain the City’s infrastructure. We look forward to seeing Eugene and the City of Galt grow together.

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Patrick Prescott

Community Development Director
City of Burbank, California

Congratulations to Patrick on his recent appointment to the position of Community Development Director. Competing among 6 finalists from an original field of 58 applicants, Patrick impressed the City’s two interview panels with his experience and unique fit for the position. Patrick brings over 15 years’ progressively responsible management and planning experience in Southern California, the past nine years in Burbank where he has served as Deputy City Planner. With the recent announced retirement of City Manager Mark Scott, Patrick will serve in the Interim role until a new City Manager is recruited and appointed in 2016.

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reinaNoah Housh

Planning & Community Improvement Director
City of St. Helena, California

Congratulations to Noah on his appointment in St. Helena by City Manager Jennifer Phillips. Having served Santa Rosa as a Senior Planner, Noah brings 15 years of planning and project and construction management. He also recently earned his Master’s degree in Pubic Administration.

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reinaDavid Kwong

Community Development Director
City of Stockton, California

Having served as an Associate Planner for Stockton for seven years, David has spent the last 15 years with the City of Sacramento and most recently in the role of Planning Director. Stockton City Manager Kurt Wilson was very pleased to have David join the dynamic Stockton team, and David is excited to be able to return to his hometown.

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reinaDiego Chavez

Human Resources/Risk Management Administrator
City of Rancho Santa Margarita, California

City Manager Jennifer Cervantez has announced the selection of Diego Chavez to join the outstanding Rancho Santa Margarita team. Diego brings a diverse background in human resources and risk management including over four years with the Department of Water & Power, City of Big Bear Lake. Diego began his career in Human Resources at Washington State University before overseeing Operations & Personnel at the Amansala Resort in Mexico.

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reinaJim Purtee

City Manager
City of Palmdale, California

Congratulations to Jim Purtee on his selection as the new City Manager for the City of Palmdale, CA. Jim began his public sector career with the City of Simi Valley in 1988 and has served as Assistant City Manager since 2012. Responsible for intergovernmental relations at the local, state and federal levels, Jim also provided oversight for the Administrative Services Department and Human Resources division and was a resource for annual budget preparation, budget forecasting, labor negotiations, and labor relations. Jim represented Simi Valley as staff to various boards and commissions including the Association of Water Agencies, East County Transit Alliance, Ventura Council of Governments, Ventura County Transportation Commission, and the Ventura City/County Managers group. Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at California State University, Northridge.

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reinaStephanie Garrabrant-Sierra

Assistant City Manager
City of Tracy, California

Congratulations to Stephanie on her appointment as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Tracy, CA. Currently serving as the Administrative Services Director for the City of Alameda, Stephanie graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law and has been an attorney for almost 25 years. She has practiced mainly in employment, public contracting, business law and contract law. Formerly with the City of Oakland, Stephanie oversaw negotiations for the city’s 12 labor agreements, which represented 29 bargaining groups. Stephanie was selected by Troy Brown, Tracy City Manager and Peckham & McKenney placement.

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reinaMaria Garcia

City Clerk
City of Long Beach, California

Congratulations to Maria on her selection as City Clerk by Mayor Robert Garcia and the nine-member City Council. Maria formerly served the Director of Voter Engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Education Fund and has been with the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office since 2005 overseeing elections and voter outreach. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration from USC.

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Cristine Alilovich

Assistant City Manager
City of San Rafael, California

Competing among 227 applicants for the position of San Rafael Assistant City Manager, Cristine was recently selected by City Manager Jim Schutz. Congratulations Cristine on being the “perfect fit!” Formerly serving as Marin County’s Assistant Director of Finance, Cristine brings over 15 years of experience with Marin and Sonoma counties. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from USC and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.

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reinaRob Hanna

Executive Director
South Suburban Park and Recreation District, Colorado

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Hanna to the Executive Director position for South Suburban Park and Recreation District in Colorado. Rob holds a degree in Landscape Architecture and has been working as a park planner and architect since 1990. For the last 17 years, Rob has served as Director of the Parks, Recreation, and Golf Department for the Town of Castle Rock, CO. In this position Rob designed and oversaw the construction of a new 300 acre park, and developed Castle Rock’s first municipal golf course. Rob’s hard work was recognized in 2012 when Castle Rock was awarded the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Gold Medal Award for excellence in Parks and Recreation. We wish all the best to Rob and to the South Suburban Park and Recreation District!

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reinaDante Hall

Assistant City Manager
City of Foster City, California

Congratulations to Dante Hall for being selected to serve as Assistant City Manager for the City of Foster City! Dante’s past experience includes working as the Community Development Director in Half Moon Bay and the Redevelopment and Housing Administrator for Moreno Valley. While with Half Moon Bay, Dante successfully directed the efforts to implement the City’s General Plan. We believe this experience will allow him to excel in his new position. Best wishes to Dante and to Foster City!

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reinaNina Hawk

Public Works Director
City of Milipitas, California

The City of Milpitas has announced that Nina Hawk will serve as the new Public Works Director. Nina has an extensive background in engineering and municipal utilities management. Most recently, Nina was the Assistant Director of Water and Sewer Utilities for the City of Santa Clara. One of Nina’s major accomplishments in this position was acting as the City Lead for water infrastructure development during the Levi’s Stadium construction. We are excited to hear what progress will come from this exciting new partnership with Nina and the City of Milpitas!

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Keith Cooke

Engineering and Transportation Director
City of San Leandro, California

It is out pleasure to announce that Keith Cooke has been chosen to serve as the Engineering and Transportation Director for the City of San Leandro. San Leandro is already familiar with Keith’s work ethic as he has spent the last 21 years working with the City demonstrating his deep skill set and leadership abilities. In addition, since December Keith has been serving in the capacity of Acting Engineering and Transportation Director. This experience will ensure a smooth transition into the permanent role. We wish all the best to Keith and the City of San Leandro!

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Arnoldo Rodriguez

Development Services Director
City of Yuba City, California

Congratulations to Arnoldo Rodriguez for being selected to serve as the next Development Services Director for the City of Yuba City! Arnoldo has spent the last 15 years of his career working with the City of Fresno. While in Fresno, Arnoldo demonstrated his superior managerial skills acting as Division Manager of the Long Range Planning Division. In this position, Arnoldo was able to overhaul the City’s Zoning Ordinance code and outline a new General Plan. We believe Arnoldo will continue his track record of success in his new position!

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reinaBrad Farmer

Finance Director
City of Pittsburg, California

We are pleased to announce that Brad Farmer has been appointed as the next Finance Director for the City of Pittsburg. Brad’s diverse experience in both government and corporate finance allowed him to rise to the top of a group of well qualified candidates. For the past 3 years, Brad served as Acting Financial Manager for the City of Alameda where he prepared the bi-annual City budget and transitioned the Finance Department from a server to a cloud based system. We cannot wait to hear what exciting developments will come from this new partnership. We wish all the best to Brad and the City of Pittsburg.

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reinaLynn Tracy Nerland

City Attorney
City of San Pablo, California

After a competitive recruitment process, the San Pablo City Council has chosen Lynn Tracy Nerland to serve as the new City Attorney. Lynn will bring a substantial amount of private sector law knowledge and over 17 years of local government experience to her new position. Most recently, Lynn has served as City Attorney for the City of Antioch. In addition, Lynn has also served as President of the Contra Costa City Attorneys Association. Congratulations to Lynn, and best wishes to the City of San Pablo.

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DarrellDoanDarrell Doan

Economic Development Director
City of Elk Grove, California

Congratulations to Darrell Doan on his appointment by City Manager Laura Gill in Elk Grove. Darrell brings extensive economic development experience from his time with the cities of Alameda, San Jose, and Santa Cruz, as well as the Baltimore Development Corporation. He holds a Master of City & Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Davis.

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Cecilia Gallardo-Daly

Community Development Director
City of San Clemente, California

Among a field of 52 applicants, Cecilia Gallardo-Daly competed with 6 other finalists for this outstanding position in beautiful San Clemente. Cecilia brings 20 years’ experience in the planning field, having served in the cities of Sierra Madre, Rosemead, Rancho Cucamonga, and Austin, Texas. Most recently, Cecilia was the Deputy Director, Advance Planning & Engineering, with the City of San Diego. Cecilia will join Peckham & McKenney placements James Makshanoff and Erik Sund in leading San Clemente forward.

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Beth Minor

City Clerk
City of Palo Alto, California

Competing among 31 applicants and 6 finalist candidates, Beth Minor was recently selected by the Palo Alto City Council to serve as the City Clerk, 1 of its 4 Council Appointed Officers. Serving as Assistant City Clerk in Palo Alto for the past 8 years, Beth assumed the role of Interim City Clerk during the recruitment process and impressed the City Council and Executive Leadership Team with her abilities to step into the position. Congratulations Beth!

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reinaReina Schwartz

Assistant City Manager
City of San Pablo, California

Congratulations to Reina Schwartz for being selected to serve as the next Assistant City Manager for the City of San Pablo. Reina will arrive in San Pablo after 24 years of service for the City of Sacramento. In her most recent position as Director of the General Services Department, Reina oversaw the work of 375 employees and managed the City’s fleet and waste management program. We believe that Reina’s leadership abilities will continue to serve her well in San Pablo. All the best to Reina and the City of San Pablo!

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justinFritz McKinley

Community Development Director/City Engineer
City of Pittsburg, California

Fritz McKinley has been chosen to serve as the next Community Development Director/City Engineer for the City of Pittsburg. Fritz has both public and private sector experience, but has spent the majority of his career working with the City of Chico. While in Chico, Fritz served in various executive level positions including Director of Public Works, Director of Engineering, and Director of Building & Development Services. We know Fritz has the right skills to succeed in his new position. Best of luck to Fritz and the City Pittsburg!

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justinJustin Clifton

City Manager
City of Sedona, Arizona

We are pleased to announce that Justin Clifton has been selected to serve as the next City Manager for the City of Sedona, Arizona! Justin is an experienced public official and has held similar executive level positions in Delta and Bayfield Colorado. While in Delta, Justin managed to correct the City’s imbalanced budget and successfully direct 160 employees. We believe Justin will continue to find success with the City of Sedona, and we cannot wait to hear what exciting new developments will come from this partnership!

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rachelRachel Oys

General Manager
Cordillera Metropolitan District, Colorado

Congratulations to Rachel Oys for being selected to serve as the next General Manager for the Cordillera Metropolitan District! Rachel, who has spent considerable time working in the public and non-profit sectors, holds both a Master of Public Policy and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver. While serving as the Interim CEO and President-Consultant for the non-profit LiveWell Colorado, Rachel was able to secure over $34 million in grant money. More recently, Rachel held the post of Interim County Manager for Eagle County where she managed 460 employees and a $90 million budget. We know Rachel will do a fine job in her position and we wish the best to the Cordillera Metropolitan District!

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rachelLinda Tatum

Planning Bureau Manager
City of Long Beach, California

Congratulations to Linda Tatum for being selected to serve as the next Planning Bureau Manager for the City of Long Beach! Linda’s professional experience includes managerial work in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Linda worked as the Acting Director of Economic and Community Development with the City of Inglewood. In Inglewood, Linda was able to implement plans that would convert the closed Hollywood Park Racetrack in a new 238 acre park. Additionally, Linda is an active member of the American Planning Association. Linda’s involvement with APA California has included her serving on the Board of Directors, speaking at several conferences, and being awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2013. We are excited to see what great developments will come from this new partnership between Linda and the City of Long Beach!

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tonyTony Stobbe

Director of Public Works
Mariposa County, California

We are pleased to announce that Tony Stobbe has emerged as the top candidate for the Director of Public Works position with Mariposa County! Tony will bring a diverse work experience to Mariposa County including having served as a facilities engineer and Captain with the Coast Guard, and founding a 3D printing security and integrity firm in the Bay Area. These work experiences were made possible only through Tony’s broad education. He holds Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. We wish the best to Tony and Mariposa County!

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brentBrent McFall

County Manager
Eagle County, Colorado

We are pleased to announce that Brent McFall will be the new County Manager for Eagle County, Colorado. Brent brings 40 years of local government experience to his new position. Since 2001, Brent has been the City Manager of Westminster, CO. While in this position, Brent led the redevelopment of the Orchard Town Center and began work to convert a former regional shopping center into a fresh urban downtown. We believe Brent’s skills make him the ideal match for Eagle County. Best of luck to Brent and Eagle County!

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gusSteve Johnson

Human Resources Director/Risk Manager
Mariposa County, California

Congratulations to Steve Johnson for being selected to serve as the next Human Resources Director/Risk Manager for Mariposa County. Steve will bring over 27 years of local government experience to his new post. After Steve’s departure from the City of Dixon in 2014, the Dixon City Council passed a resolution honoring his work for the City. The Dixon Council claimed that “each and every employee for the City of Dixon owes a debt of gratitude to Steve for his service to their betterment and overall safety.” We believe that Steve will continue to impress in his new home of Mariposa County!

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lisaGus Vina

City Manager
City of Brentwood, California

The Brentwood City Council recently announced the appointment of Gus Vina as their new City Manager. Gus competed among 58 applicants for the position and became 1 of 6 finalists to participate in interviews with Mayor Bob Taylor and City Council members in early December. Gus brings 34 years of public sector experience and has served as the Encinitas City Manager since 2011. Prior to his appointment in Encinitas, Gus spent 12 years with the City of Sacramento as Assistant City Manager and Interim City Manager. Mayor Taylor and the Brentwood Council look forward to working with Gus in creating a vibrant and sustainable future for Brentwood residents. Congratulations Gus!

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lisaLisa Rosales

Police Chief
City of San Pablo, California

Congratulations to Lisa Rosales for being appointed the new Police Chief for the City of San Pablo. Lisa will come to San Pablo after nearly 20 years of service with the Pasadena Police Department. While in Pasadena, Lisa was able to acquire a broad array of experience. Working up from roles as a Police Sergeant, Lisa most recently served as Commander of the Strategic Services Division. We believe Lisa’s leadership abilities will bring out the best in the City of San Pablo. Best wishes to Lisa and the City of San Pablo!

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troyTroy Brown

City Manager
City of Tracy, California

Congratulations Troy on your appointment as Tracy City Manager! You were a strong competitor among 42 applicants, and we know that you will do great work for the City of Tracy. Bringing over 20 years' experience in local government, Troy previously served as the Assistant City Manager in Livermore as well as prior positions with the cities of Elk Grove, Riverside, and Santa Clarita. Troy also serves as the West Coast Regional Vice President for ICMA.

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JamesJames Makshanoff

City Manager
City of San Clemente, California

Congratulations to James upon his selection from a field of 67 applicants! Formerly City Manager for the City of Azusa since 2012, James also served as Azusa Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director. Bringing over 24 years of local government experience, James also worked for the cities of Brea, Covina, and Downey.



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Ed DadishoEd Dadisho

Police Chief
City of Bell, California

Congratulations to Ed Dadisho for being selected as the new Police Chief for the City of Bell. Ed began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981 and worked his way to the position of Assistant Department Advocate, Professional Standards Bureau. In 2006, Ed left Los Angeles to become the Police Chief for the City of Suisun. Under Ed’s watched, Suisun experienced recording breaking rates of crime reduction, and an increased number of neighborhood watch groups. We are confident that Ed’s leadership abilities and determination will bring similar outcomes to the City of Bell. Best of luck to Ed and the City of Bell!

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Barbara Hawkins

City Engineer
City of San Pablo, California

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Hawkins has been named the City Engineer for the City of San Pablo! In a pool of highly qualified applicants, Barbara set herself apart as a motivated, passionate candidate with over 25 years of experience in the field. Before coming to San Pablo, Barbara worked as the City Engineer for the City of Alameda and held the same position prior to that for the City of South San Francisco. We are confident that she will prove to be a valuable asset to the City of San Pablo. Congratulations, Barbara!

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Burt KnightBurt Knight

Director of Water and Sewer
Greeley, Colorado

Congratulations to Burt Knight on being selected as Greeley’s newest Director of Water and Sewer! Burt has over 30 years of municipal engineering and management experience. He began employment as the City of Greeley’s Chief Water Engineer in 2011 and was promoted to Deputy Director of Operations in 2013. The City of Greeley has selected Burt due to his experience, knowledge and familiarity with the needs of the City. We look forward to seeing what Burt accomplishes in this new role!

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Philip PogledichPhilip Pogledich

County Counsel,
County of Yolo, California

We are pleased to announce that Philip Pogledich has been named Yolo County’s new County Counsel. Philip has been working for Yolo County for ten years, first as Deputy County Counsel then as Senior Deputy County Counsel. This extensive experience within the community and the County Counsel’s office makes Philip the ideal candidate for this position. Congratulations Philip and best of luck in your new role!

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Jacci McKenna, Eagle CountyJacci McKenna

Director of Human Resources,
Eagle County, Colorado

We are pleased to announce that Jacci McKenna has been named Eagle County, Colorado’s new Director of Human Resources. Most recently, Jacci worked as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente in Denver. Jacci brings with her over twenty years of human resources experience in both the private and public sectors. While many qualified professionals applied for this position, Jacci’s passion, talent and experience made her the clear choice for Eagle County. Congratulations, Jacci!

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Sara Judd, City of PiedmontSara Judd

Recreation Director
City of Piedmont, California

Congratulations to Sara Judd who was just named Piedmont’s new Recreation Director! Sara most recently worked for the University of California, East Bay as the Director of Athletics. In 2013, she was named "Administrator of the Year" by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. As a young athlete, Sara spent a great deal of time in the Piedmont Recreation Department, and she continues to enjoy the many programs the city offers. Given Sara’s drive, passion and track record of excellence, we have no doubt that she will serve the City of Piedmont well.

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Mark Brodeur, City of Pacific GroveMark Brodeur

Community and Economic Development Director
City of Pacific Grove, California

Congratulations to Mark Brodeur on his recent appointment to the position of Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Pacific Grove! This opportunity brings Mark “back home” to California after three years of serving as the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Urban Design for the City of San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his work with the City of San Antonio, Mark worked in the field of city planning across California for three decades. We are confident that Mark’s experience and expertise will serve the City of Pacific Grove well. Best wishes!

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Graham Wadsworth, City of BeniciaGraham Wadsworth

Public Works Director
City of Benicia, California

We are pleased to announce that Graham Wadsworth has been selected as the Public Works Director for the City of Benicia. Graham brings over twenty-five years of experience to the position including extensive work in the fields of civil engineering and public works administration throughout California. Most recently, Graham worked as the Public Works Director/Town Engineer for the City of Yountville. Congratulations to Graham in his new position!

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Charles Ching

Assistant to the City Manager-Economic Development
City of San Pablo, California

Congratulations to Charles Ching on his appointment to Assistant to the City Manager – Economic Development with the City of San Pablo. Charles’ extensive private sector experience with US Bank and Sturdy Giant Corporation of the Philippines allows him to understand what businesses need to thrive in a city. Charles put his skills to use while serving as an Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Fairfield. While there, Charles was able to negotiate the sale of over $5 million in City real estate and recruit many new businesses to the area. We look forward to hearing more exciting news about Charles and the City of San Pablo in the future!

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Clint Kinney, Town ManagerClint Kinney

Town Manager
Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado

We want to wish congratulations to Clint Kinney for being selected to serve as the next Town Manager for the Town of Snowmass Village. Clint will arrive in Snowmass Village from the City of Fruita, where he has held the post of City Manager since 2002. In Fruita, Clint helped develop the Greenway Business Park, an industrial park that is quickly becoming an economic center point for the community. In the past, Clint has also worked for the City of Durango as Assistant to the City Manager. These experiences combined with his familiarity of Colorado make Clint the ideal candidate to lead Snowmass Village. Best wishes to Clint and the Town of Snowmass Village!

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Suzanne Frick, Ketchum, CaliforniaSuzanne Frick

City Administrator
City of Ketchum, Idaho

Congratulations to Suzanne Frick on her appointment to City Administrator for the City of Ketchum. Suzanne’s list of past accomplishments and experience allowed her to rise to the top of a pool of 84 qualified candidates. Suzanne has spent the last 7 years as Assistant City Manager for the City of Long Beach. In this position, she oversaw the operation of city departments, and managed approximately 5,000 employees. We anticipate great things to come as Suzanne begins to engage with the City of Ketchum!

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Jeff Dolan

Employee Relations Director
City of Lakewood, Colorado

Congratulations to Jeff Dolan on his appointment to Employee Relations Director with the City of Lakewood. Jeff comes to Lakewood with a deep skill set in Human Resources that he has honed over the last 16 years in the industry. Since 2011, Jeff has been the Vice President of Human Resources for ProBuild, a private supply company consisting of over 10,000 employees. During this time he was able to implement a new sales compensation plan and improve staff relations through an employee engagement strategy. We want to wish all the best to Jeff and the City of Lakewood.

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Lonnie Eldridge

City Attorney
City of Simi Valley, California

Congratulations to Lonnie Eldridge for being selected to serve as City Attorney for the City of Simi Valley. Lonnie will bring a wealth of law expertise to Simi Valley after practicing in both the public and private sectors. Prior to this appointment, Lonnie was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and worked extensively with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In Los Angeles, Lonnie collaborated with the Department of Energy and local universities to draft a smart grid research and development project. The City of Simi Valley can expect great things to come. Best of luck to Lonnie and Simi Valley!

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Greg Sparks

City Manager for the
City of Eureka, California

Congratulations to Greg Sparks for being selected as the new City Manager for the City of Eureka. Greg has been serving as a City Administrator in various municipalities across the nation from 1980 onwards. Since 2011, Greg has held the post of City Manager for the City of West Des Moines. Greg’s leadership abilities were quite evident in Iowa, and the citizens of West Des Moines reported a 95% satisfaction rate with city services in a biannual survey. We are confident Greg will provide the same quality leadership in Eureka. Best wishes to Greg and the City of Eureka!

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Robert Neiuber

Human Resources Director
City of Rancho Cucamonga, California

We would like to extend our congratulations to Robert Neiuber for being appointed to the position of Human Resources Director with the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Robert will bring over twenty-three years of local government experience to the City. Most recently, Robert served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Azusa. We know that this past leadership role will serve him well in his new post. Best wishes to Robert and the City of Rancho Cucamonga!

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DeAnna Hilbrants

Finance Director
City of Sonoma, California

We are delighted to announce that DeAnna Hilbrants has been selected to serve as Finance Director for the City of Sonoma. DeAnna will arrive in Sonoma after spending 8 years working for the County of Monterey. Most recently, DeAnna held the post of Administrative Manager for the Department of Emergency Communications. While serving in this position, DeAnna led the project to replace the outdated local emergency/government radio communication system. We look forward to DeAnna’s continued career success with the City of Sonoma !

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Steve Pinkerton

General Manager
Incline Village General Improvement District
Incline Village, California

We are happy to announce the selection of Steve Pinkerton as General Manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District. Steve has honed his leadership abilities through service as a City Manager since 2008. Most recently, Steve filled this role for the City of Davis where he was able to restructure water rates and secure funding for a new water treatment facility. Accomplishments such as these make Steve the ideal candidate to lead Incline Village. Congratulations to both Steve and Incline Village!!

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Paul Benoit

City Administrator
City of Piedmont, California

Congratulations to Paul Benoit for being selected to serve as the City of Piedmont’s new City Administrator. Paul’s outstanding capabilities were put on display in his prior post as City Manager for the City of Astoria, OR. In Astoria, Paul effectively guided the city through the economic downturn by reducing costs while simultaneously maintaining full operational efficiency. Clearly, Paul’s extensive local government experience has equipped him with all of the tools necessary to lead a successful community. We know that Paul’s future accomplishments will provide great benefits to the City of Piedmont. All the best to Piedmont and Paul!

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Rick Walery

Information Technology Director
San Mateo Superior Court
City San Mateo, California

We are happy to announce the recent appointment of Rick Walery to the position of Information Technology Director with the San Mateo Superior Court. Rick has been working with the San Mateo Superior Court since 2002. During this time Rick was able to develop and implement numerous technological projects including an overhaul of the Court’s interactive voice response system. Rick’s work for the Court has been nothing short of impressive, and we expect continued success in his new position. Best wishes to Rick and the San Mateo Superior Court!

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Steve Duran

City Manager
City of Antioch, California

The City of Antioch has announced the appointment of Steve Duran to the position of City Manager. Antioch Mayor Wade Harper believes that Steve’s proven track record in city government will allow the new city manager to “hit the ground running.” Steve arrives in Antioch after serving as the City Manager for the City of Hercules. In Hercules, Steve was able to guide the city out of a period of fiscal instability through direct action and smart financial maneuvering. We wish Steve continued success in his new position, and all the best to the City of Antioch.

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Tim Doney

Police Chief
City of Springfield, Oregon

We are happy to announce that Tim Doney has been selected as Police Chief by the City of Springfield. Tim arrives in Springfield after serving 15 years with the Medford Police Department. During his time in Medford Tim consistently demonstrated his leadership abilities by serving as SWAT Team Commander and attending the FBI National Academy. We believe Tim’s deep knowledge of law enforcement, coupled with his breadth of experience will lead to success in Springfield. Congratulations to Tim and the City of Springfield!

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Erik Sund

Assistant City Manager
the City of San Clemente, California

We would like to congratulate Erik Sund on his appointment to Assistant City Manager for the City of San Clemente. Among a pool of well qualified applicants, Erik’s superb management skills stood above the rest. Prior to joining San Clemente, Erik served the City of Long Beach for 6 years. In Long Beach Erik help direct the Business Services & Fleet department, and worked to implement an alternative fuel program with the City’s vehicles. Best of luck to Erik and the City of San Clemente!

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Seth Hoffman

City Manager
City of Lone Tree, Colorado

Congratulations to Seth Hoffman for being selected to serve as City Manager for the City of Lone Tree.  Seth, who has worked with Lone Tree since 2005, will step up from his role as Deputy City Manager/Economic Development Director to accept the position. The City of Lone Tree has already experienced the benefits of Seth’s work through his successful business attraction and sustainability programs. With Seth in the role of City Manager, Lone Tree can look forward to even greater achievements in the future. Best of luck to Seth and the City of Lone Tree!

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Andrew Mills 

Police Chief
City of Eureka, CaliforniaAndrew Mills

Police Chief
City of Eureka, California

We are happy to announce that Andrew Mills has been selected to become Eureka’s next Police Chief. Prior to this appointment, Andrew served as Police Captain and Commanding Officer for the western half of the City of San Diego. While working for the San Diego Police Department, Andrew was able to reduce gang crime rates and assist police departments across the nation by establishing new informational networks. We believe the City of Eureka is the perfect place for Andrew to continue his fine work. We wish all the best to Andrew and the City of Eureka!

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Susan Casey

Administrative Services Director,
City of American Canyon, California

Susan Casey

Administrative Services Director,
City of American Canyon, California

The City of American Canyon has announced the appointment of Susan Casey to the position of Administrative Services Director. Sue comes to the City of American Canyon with vast financial and administrative experience in both the private and private sectors. Most recently, she has served as the Administrative Services Director for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. We are confident that Sue’s abilities will make her a valuable asset to the City of American Canyon.

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Marcus Clarke

Economic Development Manager, 
City of San Mateo, California

Marcus Clarke

Economic Development Manager,
City of San Mateo, California

We are pleased to announce that Marcus Clarke has been appointed to serve as the Economic Development Manager for the City of San Mateo. Marcus is a familiar face to San Mateo, He was the city’s former Business Liaison and Economic Development Specialist from 2007 through 2011 before taking a fellowship with Wayne State University in Detroit.  During his time in Detroit, Marcus served as a Business Development Manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. There he created a citywide local procurement program that has the potential to create 7,700 jobs and $2.5 Billion in local business revenue over a period of ten years, a model which is already being recognized nationwide.
We are excited to welcome Marcus Clarke back to San Mateo,” City Manager Susan Loftus wrote in a statement. “Marcus has a proven track record of collaboration and working well with the chamber, Downtown San Mateo Association and business community. Marcus’ upbeat, can-do attitude is contagious. Along with his great people skills, his time in Detroit has further honed his economic development and management abilities. Marcus has the right combination of collaboration, innovation and leadership to take our economic development efforts to the next level.”  Congratulations Marcus!

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Thomas Watson

City Attorney, 
City of South Lake Tahoe, California

Thomas Watson

City Attorney,
City of South Lake Tahoe, California

Mayor Tom Davis and the South Lake Tahoe City Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Watson as their new City Attorney.  Tom comes from the San Joaquin Valley where he served as a partner for the law firm of Fike & Watson, providing legal counsel for several cities in Fresno and Tulare Counties. A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Tom looks forward to working with the City Council, providing councel and restoring trust in the City Attorneys Office for the betterment of the South Lake Tahoe community. Congratulations Tom, enjoy all the great skiing and hiking that South Lake Tahoe has to offer!

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Victoria Runkle 

Finance Director
City of Greeley, Colorado

Victoria Runkle

Finance Director
City of Greeley, Colorado

Congratulations to Victoria Runkle who has been chosen to serve the City of Greeley as their new Finance Director. Victoria comes to Greeley from the City of Arvada where she has served as the Finance Director since 2005. Before working with the City of Arvada, Victoria served as Finance Director for the

City of Renton, Washington for twelve years and held multiple positions with the City of Seattle. Victoria earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Black Hills State University, as well as two additional degrees – Masters in Public Administration from the University of Idaho and Master of Science in Information Management from the University of Washington. We wish Victoria and the community of Greeley the very best.

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Angela Kraetsch

Accounting Services Division Manager
City of Santa Clara, California

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Kraetsch to the position of Accounting Services Division Manager for the City of Santa Clara.  Angela was most recently the Director of Administrative Services for the City of Arroyo Grande, where she was responsible for all accounting and budget functions, as well as Human Resources.  Prior to joining the City of Arroyo Grande, Angela served the City of Lompoc where she gained progressive accounting responsibility over the course of four years, beginning as a Staff Accountant, promoted to Accounting Supervisor, and then to the Accounting and Revenue Manager. Angela brings with her extensive hands-on experience with Governmental Financial reporting, twelve years of supervisory experience, and many other great qualities that made her an excellent choice for the City of Santa Clara. Congratulations Angela!

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Lisa Goldman

City Manager
City of Burlingame, California

Lisa Goldman

City Manager
City of Burlingame, California

Mayor Ann Keighran announced the Burlingame City Council’s selection of Lisa Goldman as the new City Manager for the City of Burlingame .  Lisa, Assistant City Manager for the City of Alameda since 2007, was selected after an extensive national search by the executive recruitment firm of Peckham & McKenney that yielded 56 competitive applicants.  Lisa has been the Assistant City Manager for the City of Alameda, CA (pop.75,000) since 2007 and brings over 22 years of experience in local government and non-profits.  She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California , Berkeley , and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University .  Lisa is a member of the International City/County Management Association and a well respected member of the city management community.
Alameda City Manager John A. Russo commented, "Lisa Goldman is a top-flight municipal administrator. Greatly respected by her peers throughout the state, Lisa has a masterful command of the operational issues confronting 21st century California cities, especially finance and budget.  Her colleagues at the City of Alameda will miss her. I am confident Burlingame will be delighted with her work."

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Joe Perez

Community Development Director
City of Bell, California

The Bell City Council has announced the appointment of Joe Perez as their new Director of Community Development. Joe has served the City of Paramount since 1995, early on as the Director of Recreation, then as the Director of Public Safety and most recently as the Director of Community Development. Prior to working for the City of Paramount, Joe served as Assistant City Manager for the Cities of La Puente and La Habra Heights. We are confident that Joe’s 20 years of leadership experience and his strong communication skills will make him a valued asset to the City of Bell.

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Pamela Wasserman

Community Services Director
City of Bell, California

We are pleased to announce that Pamela Wasserman has been appointed to serve as the Director of Community Services for the City of Bell. Pam is coming from the City of Bell Gardens where she has served as the Director of Recreation and Community Services since 2004. Pam has worked in the Parks & Recreation profession for over 20 years and brings with her a breadth of experience that makes her a perfect match for the job. Best wishes to Pam!

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Frank Spevacek

City Manager
City of La Quinta, California

Frank Spevacek

City Manager
City of La Quinta, California

Frank Spevacek has been appointed by the La Quinta City Council to serve as their new City Manager. Frank began working with the City of La Quinta as an advisor and consultant over 24 years ago, formulating and implementing the City’s financial management, economic development, workforce housing, redevelopment, and affordable housing initiatives. In addition to his work in La Quinta, Frank’s 34 year career also includes diverse experience in the strategic planning, community development, organizational development and real estate fields. Frank co-founded Rosenow Spevacek Group, Inc., a consulting firm, in 1979 and has personally worked with over 30 municipalities. Prior to co-founding RSG, Frank worked as management and redevelopment staff for the Cities of Irvine, Santa Monica, and Culver City. Congratulations Frank on your new position and all the best to the Council and staff in La Quinta.

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Tim Nash

Finance Director
City of Encinitas, California

Tim Nash

Finance Director
City of Encinitas, California

Congratulations to Tim Nash who has been chosen to serve the City of Encinitas as their new Finance Director. City Manager Roy Otto has nothing but praise to say of Tim's time as Finance Director for the City of Greely, Colorado, where he served for 30 years, noting that Tim was able to wisely navigate through the recession, taking care to balance the budget while avoiding layoffs. We are very pleased for the City of Encinitas as we know Tim will be a valued leader, and for Tim who will be moving closer to family. Best wishes!

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Steven Winkler

Public Works Director
City of Galt, California

Congratulations to Steven Winkler, the new Public Works Director for the City of Galt. Steven is a long-time valley resident with over 32 years of experience in public sector engineering and administration. Steven is leaving the San Joaquin County Public Works Department where he has served since 1985, most recently serving as the Deputy Director of Public Works. We are confident Steven will prove to be a great asset to the City of Galt.

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Marshall Brown

Director of Aurora Water
Aurora, Colorado

Marshall Brown

Director of Aurora Water
Aurora, Colorado

Marshall is bringing his impressive leadership and planning experience to the City of Aurora as their new Director of Water. Marshall served in the Water Resources Division for the City of Scottsdale as the Planning and Engineering Director for a short time before becoming the Executive Director in 2007. Marshall holds a M.S. in Geophysical and Geological Engineering from the University of Arizona. Marshall is looking forward to working and living in the beautiful City of Aurora. All the best to you and your family Marshall!

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David Brandt

City Manager
City of Cupertino, CaliforniaDavid Brandt

City Manager
City of Cupertino, California

David Brandt has been selected to serve as City Manager for the City of Cupertino, California. David formerly served as the City Manager in Redmond, Oregon, where Mayor George Endicott could not praise David enough for what he has accomplished during his time there. Before moving to Redmond, David worked for the City of Alameda, serving in the City Attorney's office before becoming Assistant City Manager in 2006. David holds a bachelor's in economics, a master's in urban planning and a law degree. David certainly proved to be the best fit for the Council, organization, and community of Cupertino. Congratulations David, we wish you the very best!

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Martin Tuttle

City Manager
City of West Sacramento, California

Martin Tuttle

City Manager
City of West Sacramento, California

We are pleased to announce that Martin Tuttle has been appointed by the City Council of West Sacramento to serve as their new City Manager. Martin has already made his impression on the Sacramento region by spearheading the development of the SACOG Regional Blueprint, which is used as a model for sustainable land-use and transportation across the state and nation. Due in part to the Blueprint’s success, Martin was named one of the region’s 20 most influential people in the past 20 years by the Sacramento Business jurisdiction Journal in 2004. Most recently Martin served as the Deputy Director of Planning and Modal Programs for CalTrans where he oversaw the Divisions of Mass Transportation, Local Assistance, Planning, Rail, Aeronautics and Transportation Systems Information. Needless to say, we are very happy for Martin and the City of West Sacramento, we are confident there will be many positive results from this placement. Congratulations and the very best to you Martin!

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Dana Shigley

City Manager
City of American Canyon, California

Dana Shigley

City Manager
City of American Canyon, California

Congratulations to Dana Shigley, who has been selected to serve the City of American Canyon as their new City Manager. Dana will be greatly missed by the City of Anderson where she served for 11 years, first as Finance Director and then as City Manager. We are confident that Dana will prove to be a huge asset to American Canyon just as she was for the City of Anderson. We wish you and Paul the very best on your new adventure!

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Patrice Olds

City Clerk
City of San Mateo, California

The City of San Mateo has hired Patrice Olds as its new City Clerk. Patrice has served as the City Clerk for Walnut Creek since 2005. In 2010 she was named one of Walnut Creek’s Employees of the Year.  San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus is confident that Patrice is the right person to build on the many accomplishments of former City Clerk Norma Gomez.  We wish Patrice and the community of San Mateo the very best.

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Kevin Bryant

Town Manager
Town of Woodside, California

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Bryant was chosen by the Town Council of Woodside to serve as their new Town Manager.  Kevin was among 94 candidates and proved himself to be the best fit for the job. Kevin came to Woodside in 2008 from Sausalito, where he served as Assistant to the Town Manager. During his time in Woodside he has served as Assistant Town Manager. Best wishes to Kevin in his new role.

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Suzanna Martinez

City Clerk
City of Walnut Creek, California

Congratulations to Suzie Martinez for being selected to be the next City Clerk for the City of Walnut Creek.  Suzie began working with the city in 2008 as the Deputy City Clerk.  Before coming to Walnut Creek she worked for the town of St. Helena. Suzie brings with her the professionalism, integrity, interpersonal skills and project management capabilities that City Manager Ken Nordhoff was seeking in the City Clerk Position.  All the best to Suzie in her new role.

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Steven Buckley 

Planning Manager 
Walnut Creek, California

Steven Buckley

Planning Manager
Walnut Creek, California

The City of Walnut Creek is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Buckley to serve as their new Planning Manager.  Steven has worked in the City Planning field for 25 years, working with local government agencies and small consulting firms managing programs, projects, staff and consultants. Most recently he served as the Principle Planner for the City of Berkeley.  Congratulations Steve, we wish you the very best in your new position.

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Jeffrey Kiser 

City Manager
Anderson, California

Jeffrey Kiser

City Manager
Anderson, California

Congratulations to Jeffrey Kiser, the new City Manager for the City of Anderson. Jeffrey has served as Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director for the City of Anderson since 2009. In addition, he filled the position of Director of Parks and Recreation in 2010. Before coming to Anderson he worked as a project manager specializing in construction management at Omni Means Engineering in Redding, CA. He is a proven asset to the City and staff of Anderson, and we are confident that he will do an exceptional job in his new position. Congratulations to Jeffrey!

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Bruce Goodmiller

City Attorney
City of Richmond, California

Congratulations to Bruce Goodmiller who has been chosen by the Mayor and City Council of Richmond to serve as their City Attorney. Bruce previously served as the Senior Assistant City Attorney for Richmond and has over 25 years experience in municipal law. Bruce’s strong relationships and familiarity with Richmond has made this transition a smooth one for the city. Congratulations to Bruce and the City of Richmond.

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Diana Bishop 

Chief of Police
San Rafael, California

Diana Bishop

Chief of Police
San Rafael, California

We are pleased to announce that Diana Bishop has been selected to be San Rafael's next Chief of Police. Diane served as a Patrol Officer for 21 years in Santa Clara before becoming Captain in 2006. She was an essential member of the management team, command staff and the investigation division during her time with the Santa Clara Police Department. She brings with her extensive experience, a history of collaborative police work and a fresh perspective! Congratulations Diana!

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Jason Batchelor

Finance Director
City of Aurora, Colorado

Congratulations to Jason Batchelor who has been chosen by the City to serve as the Finance Director for the City of Aurora. Jason has worked with the City of Aurora since 2008, early on as a budget officer and more recently as the Interim Finance Director. Jason has a strong background in local government financial management and leadership within large corporations. Congratulations and best wishes Jason!

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Kurt Kowar 

Director of Public Works
Louisville, Colorado

Kurt Kowar

Director of Public Works
Louisville, Colorado

Kurt Kowar has accepted City Manager Malcolm Flemings’ offer to become the City of Louisville ’s next Director of Public Works.  With over 19 years of experience in both engineering and management, Kurt’s knowledge, experience, energy, creativity and approach will be a tremendous asset for the City of Louisville .  Kurt comes from neighboring community Superior and with his understanding of their operations provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between the two communities.  Congratulations to Kurt who will be starting in his new position on January 3rd, 2012.

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Dominick Casey 

Parks, Recreation and Library Director
City of Roseville, California

Dominick Casey

Parks, Recreation and Library Director
City of Roseville, California

After an intense and competitive selection process, Dominick Casey, from Henderson Nevada has been selected to lead the City of Roseville's Parks, Recreation and Library Department. Starting in Henderson in 1998 and working his way up through the ranks to Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation since 2008 was the right combination of experience, coupled with his passion and drive, for Roseville to make him the top candidate. We wish "Dom" continued success in his new position with the City of Roseville.

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Tim Ogden 

City Administrator
City of Waterford, California Tim Ogden

City Administrator
City of Waterford, California

Congratulations to Tim Ogden for being selected to replace the retiring City Administrator, Chuck Deschenes in the City of Waterford. Tim realizes he has big shoes to fill and the Mayor and City Council think he is up to the challenge. Coming from the City of Riverbank as their Director of Economic Development and Housing, with prior experience in redevelopment as well, will be instrumental in moving the Waterford community forward. We wish Tim the best in this new role.

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Mark Yokoyama 

Chief of Police
City of Alhambra, California

Mark Yokoyama

Chief of Police
City of Alhambra, California

Congratulations to Chief Yokoyama for testing out on top of a very competitive pool of finalists. Coming from the City of Cypress, where he started as Police Captain in 2003 and was promoted to Chief in 2008, proved to be the right combination of experience and management abilities that Alhambra City Manager Julio Fuentes was looking for. With a strong background in Community Policing, Chief Yokoyama looks forward to building strong relationships with the community of Alhambra.

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Andrea Mackenzie

General Manager
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Andrea Mackenzie

General Manager
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

Following a competitive recruitment process resulting in over 60 applications, the OSA Board recently voted to appoint Andrea Mackenzie as the new General Manager.  Andrea brings 27 years of experience, from her early career as a resource conservation specialist, to an environmental and regional park planner, to eventually becoming the General Manager for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District.  Most recently, Andrea served as a Consultant to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.  She also currently serves as President of the Bay Area Open Space Council.  The OSA Board and staff look forward to Andrea’s leadership in preserving open space lands for future generations!  Congratulations Andrea!

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Mark Zafferano 

City Attorney
City of San Bruno, California

Mark Zafferano

City Attorney
City of San Bruno, California

Mayor Jim Ruane and the San Bruno City Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Zafferano as their new City Attorney.  Marc has worked for the law firm of Aaronson, Dickerson, Cohen & Lanzone since 1987 where he serves as Belmont ’s City Attorney.  A graduate of Stanford University and UC Hastings College of Law, Marc looks forward to joining the San Bruno team in facing current challenges as well as future opportunities.

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Neal Taniguchi

Finance Director,
Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo

Congratulations to Neal Taniguchi, the new Finance Director for the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo.  Court Executive Officer John Fitton is excited to have someone with so much prior court financial experience, almost 10 years worth, from when Neal was Finance Director for the Superior Court in San Francisco.  Congratulations once again to Neal Taniguchi.

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Lorrie Brewer 

City Clerk
City of Mountain View, California

Lorrie Brewer

City Clerk
City of Mountain View, California

The City Council recently announced the appointment of Lorrie Brewer as their new City Clerk, and she will join the Mountain View team with the New Year.  Lorrie was selected among a very competitive group of 70 candidates.  Lorrie has served as City Clerk for the City of Santa Cruz since 2007, where she previously served as Deputy City Clerk since 2000.  She possesses her MMC and is currently Chair for the Northern California Division of the City Clerk’s Association of California.

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Kelly McAdoo

Assistant City Manager
City of Hayward, California

From a competitive field of 170 applicants and following a thorough interview process, Fran David has announced the appointment of Kelly Morariu as her Assistant City Manager.  Since 2006, Kelly has served as Palo Alto ’s Assistant to City Manager James Keene and also served stints as Interim Deputy City Manager and Interim Arts & Sciences Manager.  Prior to joining Palo Alto , Kelly worked for the City of Fremont for seven years in a variety of management and administrative capacities in the City Manager's Office as well as the Fire and Community Development Departments.  We wish Kelly all the best in her future career!

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Randy Groom

City Administrator
City of Exeter, California

The Exeter City Council has announced the appointment of Randy Groom as City Administrator. Randy has served as Director of Administrative Services with the Visalia Unified School District since 2006 and formerly served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Visalia . A resident of the area, Randy brings vast knowledge and understanding of Exeter and the region. Please join us in congratulating Randy on this new career venture!

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Greg Scoles

City Manager
City of Belmont, California

Out of a field of 72 applicants, Greg competed with 7 finalists that was eventually narrowed to 2. Greg has served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Santa Rosa and formerly served as Public Works Director. Greg also brings experience as the former City Administrator for the City of Ashland, Oregon; Community Development Director in Newberg , OR ; and VP/Regional Manager for Majors Engineering in San Ramon. In addition to Greg’s proven leadership and management experience, the City Council was attracted to his style and demeanor as well as his sincere interest in the Belmont organization and community.

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Frank Bell

Community Manager
The Sea Ranch Association, The Sea Ranch, California

The Sea Ranch is a community known world-wide for its environmental sensitivity and unique quality of life. Frank’s long professional history of working in communities just like this – Telluride, Crested Butte, and Park City – was a strong attribute for the Board to consider when selecting him as their next Community Manager. His BA in History and Education, Masters of Public Administration, and PhD in Political Science were also pluses in his favor. Best wishes to Frank and Linda.

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Jim McCann 

City Manager
City of Mill Valley, California

Jim McCann

City Manager
City of Mill Valley, California

Congratulations Jim McCann on being selected Mill Valley's new City Manager! Jim was selected out of a field of 104 applicants. He was previously City Manager for the City of Calistoga where he worked for 11 years.  Prior to Calistoga, Jim worked for the cities of Petaluma, Napa, and Rancho Mirage.  

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Pat Blacklock 

County Administrator
Yolo County, California

Pat Blacklock

County Administrator
Yolo County, California

Congratulations to Pat on his recent appointment by Board Chair Mike McGowan and members of the Board of Supervisors. Pat currently serves as Assistant City Manager for the City of Elk Grove and formerly was the County Administrator for Amador County. In Elk Grove, Pat led an effort to strengthen and improve the City’s development services functions, including creation of an accelerated permit process for high value economic development projects, initiation of collaborative industry and interagency working groups, and completion of an updated impact fee study reducing fees by up to 50%.

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Susan Healy Keene

Community Development Director
Beverly Hills, California

Susan brings to the City of Beverly Hills nearly 25 years of experience in municipal government, most recently serving as Community Development Director for the City of West Hollywood. Her years in planning for both Santa Monica and Corte Madera will also prove beneficial as she’ll be leading the city’s planning, building and safety divisions. Congratulations to Susan.

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