For 25 years, Jack Simpson served as City Manager or City Administrator for the cities of Hawaiian Gardens, Paramount and Bellflower. Read his monthly City Manager Newsletter on the Trackdown Management Service Web site.

The following is from his “Picking Up The Pieces” section of the February Edition Newsletter:

Owner and Founder Marshall Linn has announced that Michael Busch has been named President of Urban Futures, Inc. effective last November 1. Marshall will serve as Chief Executive Officer and will continue to be available to clients as he has been for the past 35-years. Mike has assumed responsibilities for the firm’s daily operations, business development and growth strategy. Prior to joining Urban Futures, Inc. Mike worked in city government for many years, including positions in Lancaster, Indio and Claremont.

Dick Wilson
, Santa Cruz City Manager for 28-years, has announced that he will retire in July.

Tim Hults, 47, an 18-year veteran of the San Jacinto staff, has taken over as Interim City Manager following the retirement of City Manager Barry McClellan, 63. Tim joined the city as a Senior Planner and was the Community Development Director prior to being appointed San Jacinto Assistant City Manager in 2006.

Glendale Assistant City Manager Bob McCall has announced his retirement after 33-years with the city in various capacities. He started as an intern while attending Cal Poly Pomona where he earned his BA in Parks Administration. City Manager Jim Starbird notes that Bob’s leaving is a tremendous loss since he is not only an outstanding manager, but he also possesses incredible institutional knowledge.

Montclair City Manager Lee McDougal, 58, has been placed on “special assignment” during his remaining time with the City. Lee will retire in June. He will focus on the community’s economic development and will mentor the City Manager-designee, current Deputy City Manager Ed Starr.

Bruce Rudd is the new Interim City Manager in Fresno behind City Manager Andy Souza’s resignation to pursue other opportunities. Rudd was Assistant City Manager and has worked for Fresno for more than twenty-years.

Fran Delach, Azusa City Manager since 2005, was award a 5-percent salary increase and a 5-percent bonus by unanimous City Council action. Fran previously served as City Manager in Covina and in the private sector with HdL Companies.
Interim City Manager Rene Bobadilla has been appointed to the El Monte City Manager post.

According to a January 28, 2010 article in The Desert Sun, Indio City Manager Glenn Southard, 58, has announced his retirement.

Maywood City Manager Paul Philips has been working on improving the contract law enforcement services agreement the city has with Cudahy, where George Perez is City Manager. The new agreement will cover overhead and operations costs not addressed in the original service contract. It appears that Cudahy is prepared to move forward but the Maywood City Council still has reservations.

Stockton Interim City Manager Kevin O’Rourke has been working with the City Council to improve the city organization’s working environment. Over the years a “culture of crisis” has developed which sometimes does not allow time to reflect or time for strategic thinking and consideration. At Kevin’s urging the Council is trying some different ways of doing the public’s business.

Concord City Manager Dan Keen had planned to move his family to Concord following his appointment, but the depressed real estate market has him still living in Novato where he previously served as City Manager. Depressed real estate values have an impact on housing logistics for everyone.

Interim Montebello City Manager Randy Narramore reported that Montebello Police Chief Dan Weast has resigned to pursue retirement.

Mark Riemer is the new Rocklin Assistant City Manager. The former Community Services and Facilities Director has worked with the city some 25-years. Terry Richardson is the other Rocklin Assistant City Manager on the economic and community development side. He plans to retire in June. City Manager Carlos Urrutia has not indicated what will happen to the city organization at that time.

Bob Murray of Bob Murray and Associates is assisting the City of Roseville with its’ City Manager recruitment. It is hoped that a new City Manager will take the helm as early as May, 2010. In the meantime former Community Services Director/Assistant City Manager Mike Shellito is the Interim City Manager of the 31-square mile municipality since former City Manager Craig Robinson left office.

Angels Camp City Administrator Tim Shearer stepped down some 5-months ago in preparation for his return to military service and deployment to Iraq. Tim is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and will reported to training in New Jersey last month. He is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in March and is not expected back until at least March, 2011. The Angels Camp City Council has been discussing how to replace Tim.

Regan M. Candelario is the new City Administrator in Guadalupe. He fills the position left vacant last June with Carolyn Galloway-Cooper’s resignation.

This is the “Picking Up The Pieces” section of the February, 2010 issue of the City Manager Newsletter by Trackdown.

The newsletter is distributed monthly with Special issues throughout the year. In 2090 22 issue were distributed. All issues of the newsletter are available free on the Trackdown Management Services web site at: Trackdown Management Services is operated by Jack and Susan Simpson. Jack is a retired City Manager with a public management career spanning 30+ years. He also worked 10-years as the Senior Vice President for Marketing with Willdan under former CEO and company founder Dan Heil.