City Manager Newsletter

With all the coming’s and going’s in California local government, it can be hard to keep track of where your friends are or what’s happening in your neighboring municipalities. But Trackdown Management helps keep the state up-to-date with their newsletter.

PublicCEO presents his Picking Up the Pieces:

Claremont is the first city in the State to be honored with the “Silver” Award recognizing its sustainability efforts. Only three other cities have been recognized by the California Green Communities organization: Monrovia, Riverside and Santa Clarita. Tony Ramos is the Claremont City Manager.

California Coastal Commission Executive Director Peter Douglas passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012 following a battle with lung cancer. He was 69. Peter came to the Commission in 1977 as Chief Deputy and was appointed Executive Director in 1985. He is a UCLA graduate. In 1972 he co-authored Proposition 20, creating the Coastal Commission.

Ron Hoggard has resigned as the Hanford Interim City Manager to focus on his bid to be elected to the Kings County Board of Supervisors.

Retired City Manager John Dunn has been appointed Seaside’s Interim City Manager taking over from City Manager Ray Corpuz, who is the new Salinas City Manager. John is a former Monterey, and San Luis Obispo City Manager. He recently served as Interim City Manager in Rohnert Park.

Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels indicates that Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Jason Simpson is no longer with the city. Jason came to Desert Hot Springs in 2008 to be the Finance Director and in 2009 he added Assistant City Manager duties to his assignment. He previously served as Assistant Finance Director in Temecula.

Dorothy Cox, who worked in community development for five San Francisco Mayor, from George Moscone to Willie Brown, and retired in 2000, died in her Richmond home on March 25. She had lived in that home for 54-years and was 87-years old. Dorothy was born November 20, 1924 in San Mateo.

Former San Marcos City Manager Rick Gittings has been appointed Interim CEO of the San Diego North Economic Development Council.

Merced City Manager John Bramble sits on the Greater Merced High Speed Rail Committee. California’s high speed rail project is to be funded by State and Federal funds, with a third of the cost coming from the private sector.

Jennifer Sparacino, 67, the Santa Clara City Manager for the past 25-years will retire at the end of June.

Former Sunnyvale City Manager Amy Chan, who retired in 2007, will replace Cupertino City Manager David Knapp on an interim basis as David takes the City Manager post in Highland Park, Illinois.

After 38-years in city governments in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and California, Eagle Mountain, Utah City Administrator John Hendrickson will retire. John is a former City Manager in the California cities of Wasco and La Habra Heights.

Retired Brea Assistant City Manager Terry Matz is the new Interim City Manager in La Palma. Terry has held positions in Agoura Hills, Stanton, Blythe and Duarte.

Former City Manager Robert C. Bobb and his Washington D.C.-based consulting firm have been retained to examine the Richmond, Virginia school budget. He previously served as a consultant to the Detroit school system. He is a former City Manager in Santa Ana and Oakland. He is the past recipient of the Clarence E. Ridley Award, the L.P. Cookingham Award, and the William H. Hansell, Sr. Award presented by ICMA.

Rancho Mirage resident J. Andrew Schlange has been asked to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Salton Sea Authority in the wake of Executive Director Michael O’Connor‘s resignation. Mike is a former City Manager in Ontario and Lomita, and served as Assistant City Manager in La Quinta.

Michelle Ramirez is the new Acting Director of Community Development in the City of Rosemead.

Veteran City Engineer Roy Stephenson is currently working with HRGreen.

May 24 is the deadline for applications for the Hawthorne City Manager position.

“Attitudes are contagious!” said the late Bob Moawad.

Blythe City Manager David Lane is confident that the 1,000-megawatt solar power plant slated for his community will be built, though the current developer Solar Trust of America has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Delaware court, about 10 months after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Governor Jerry Brown helped break ground for the development touted as the world’s largest solar energy project.

After nearly 7-years as the Planning Director for Half Moon Bay, Steve Flint has been replaced by Interim Planning Director Pat Webb. Both Steve or City Manager Laura Snideman have declined to discuss the circumstances of Steve’s departure from Half Moon Bay service.

Long Beach City Manager Pat West announced that Deputy Fire Chief Mike Sarjeant has been appointed Interim Fire Chief to lead the department during the recruitment for the replacement for Long Beach Fire Chief Alan Patalano, who’s last day was April 6.

Palo Alto has held successful live Twitter question and answer session for local residents. The hour and a half sessions are the idea of the new Palo Alto Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental in an attempt to ramp up citizen/city hall communications. The Mayor and City Manager Jim Keene address question on Twitter during the sessions.

Hermosa Beach leaders and residents gathered on Tuesday, March 27, to recognize retiring City Manager Steve Burrell. Steve served as Hermosa Beach City Manager for 18-years and earn a long and happy retirement. Former Santa Monica City Manager John Jalili, an Hermosa Beach resident, is serving as Interim City Manager during the recruitment for Steve’s replacement.

Retired City Manager Harry R. Peacock earned an MPA and DPA at USC. Harry has a great story about a maraschino cherry; sleeping in a circle at the Ship Wreck; and a rough boat ride that happened on an ICMA Conference salmon fishing trip to Westport, Washington.

City Manager Don Penman, 60, has officially left office and Arcadia’s new City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, 40, has taken the helm. Dominic has served the past 6-years as the La Palma City Manager.

Interim Lake Elsinore City Manager Pat Kilroy, 53, the city’s Lake and Aquatic Resources Director, has said that he is not interested in a permanent appointment to the City Manager post.

Woodland’s new City Manager Paul Navazio served as the Davis Interim City Manager for 11 months. He and his wife Margo Roecki have a 17-year old son and 14-year-old triplet girls.

Retired City Manager Keene Wilson is an accomplished artist. Keene served as City Manager in Lomita and Bradbury, and ACM in Glendora. He is a former 1st Lt. in the Special Forces. Keene is a University of Kansas alumnus.

Sonoma City Manager Linda Kelly reported that, like in many California cities and towns, the loss of redevelopment funds has reordered the city’s economic model “basically overnight.” Sonoma will place a measure on the June 5 ballot that would increase the local sales tax by one-half percent.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a native of Woodland. The former American League MVP recently donated shoes, shirts and batting gloves to the Woodland High School baseball team.

Clearlake has changed from a City Administrator-led local government to the Council-Manager Plan. Currently the Interim City Administrator is Joan Phillipe.

Though the Hemet Firefighters Association urged that a National search and recruitment was needed because no internal candidate was qualified, Hemet Fire Department Captain Joe Morris, 48, was promoted to Fire Chief.

Retired Greenfield City Manager Roger Wong, who previously served as City Manager in Gustine, and Deputy City Manager in Watsonville, is the new Interim City Manager in Rio Vista adding to his 37-years of public service. The previous Rio Vista City Manager was Hector De La Rosa.

La Quinta‘s City Council has authorized a 4-foot memorial sculpture of a howling wolf by artist Jason Napier to be placed on a pedestal outside the City Manager’s office in memory of City Manager Tom Genovese, who died of a heart attack while hiking the Bump and Grind trail just before last Thanksgiving. Mark Weiss in the Interim City Manager while the city recruits for a replacement.

Lake Elsinore Building and Safety Manager Robin K. Chipman announced his retirement the day after City Manager Bob Brady was dismissed. Rob joined the Lake Elsinore staff as a Building Inspector 24-years ago.

Former Palmdale ACM Laurie Lile, 50, is the new Monrovia City Manager.

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