A guide to the recent news with California’s City Managers. This most recent edition includes a city voting out its city manager, city departments in trouble, city managers comings and goings and more.

City departments in trouble: What is the city manager’s role?

City Manager Ray Kerridge oversees a city government that is struggling with major controversies in its Community Development and Utilities departments.

Councilmembers are reacting to claims in a Jan. 6 grand jury report that the city may be breaking Proposition 218, a state law that mandates how city funds are used. – The Sacramento Press

Andy Souza’s Final Days as Fresno City Manager
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin names a temporary replacement for out-going City Manager Andy Souza. Current Assistant City Manager, Bruce Rudd, will step into the roll until a new City Manager is named. – cbs47.tv

Indio City Manager Glenn Southard to retire
Glenn Southard, the Indio city manager who helped spark a residential and economic boom but in recent months has attracted controversy, announced his retirement last week. – The Desert Sun

Hughson votes out city manager; mayor calls for resignations
Many controversial issues were tackled at Monday night’s Hughson City Council meeting, that saw community and council members speaking out of turn in heated debate. – The Turlock Journal

Laguna Hills city manager gets $23K bonus
City officials ratified a performance bonus for City Manager Bruce Channing. Channing, who’s been at the city since 1991, will receive an additional $23,000 for work he accomplished in 2009. – The Orange County Register

Lawndale employee union plans vote against city manager
Lawndale City Manager Keith Breskin has led the community through some of its most prosperous years, but a city employee union claims he has also wreaked havoc in the process.
The Daily Breeze

South Tahoe city manager will not seek contract extension
David Jinkens is set to give up the reigns as South Lake Tahoe city manager come August. – Tahoe Daily Tribune

Selma City manager gets year contract extension

The Selma City Council awarded city manager D-B Heusser a one-year contract extension that began Jan. 19. Heusser said he did not get a raise with his new contract because of the city’s financial situation. Heusser makes about $108,000 per year. – The Selma Enterprise

Norco city manager: Tax revenues plunge
Less money is coming into Norco than expected from sales and property taxes, leaving city officials with the task of shaving some $225,000 from the budget.
The Press-Enterprise

Santa Rosa may hire city manager by July
Santa Rosa could have a new city manager by July. The City Council Tuesday agreed to hire Bob Murray & Associates of Roseville to head up a search to replace Jeff Kolin who left the city two weeks ago to become city manager of Beverly Hills. – The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Dick Wilson, longtime city manager, to retire in July
Dick Wilson, who as city manager for 28 years has seen Santa Cruz through a devastating earthquake, steep budget cuts, an ever-changing political landscape and worries over water and university growth, announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of July. – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Mission Viejo council approves contract changes for city manager
The City Council approved ammendments to City Manager Dennis Wilberg’s contract 3-2 in closed session Monday night, on the eve of a recall election that could potential shift the council majority. – The Orange County Register