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Sacramento Interim City Manager Gus Vina has resigned effective April 8.

San Bernardino Assistant City Manager Debra Kurita, a former Alameda City Manager and Santa Ana ACM, has announced her retirement effective June 16. Debbie is a former member of the ICMA Executive Board.

City Manager Roger Wong, the Greenfield City Manager for the past 4-years, has announced his retirement effective July 14, citing health issues and personal life matters.

Newman City Manager Michael Holland was honored at a recent local Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Atascadero Assistant City Manager Jim Lewis serves on the MPA Advisory Board for the USC Public Administration program in the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development.

Biggs City Administrator Pete Carr was kind enough to point out our error in confusing Auburn, California and Auburn, New York. Robert Richardson is the Auburn, California City Manager not Mark Palesh, who can be found in Auburn, New York.

Former Roseville Deputy City Manager Julia Burrows was among those at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, March 23, attending the American Leadership Forum’s Exemplary Leader Award Dinner. Julia is currently a Managing Partner with Valley Vision, a nonpartisan “action tank” founded in 1994 committed to regional problem-solving to secure the social, environmental and economic health of the Sacramento Region.

Menlo Park City Manager Glen Rojas, who will turn 60 in June, will retire effective July 15.

City Manager Dave Adams, who resigned from the Yorba Linda City Manager post last July, will serve a 3-month period as the San Juan Capistrano Interim City Manager. He is a previous San Juan Capistrano City Manager. He will temporarily replace outgoing City Manager Joe Tait.

Sacramento Chief of Police Rick Braziel reports that his department is facing a “crisis in leadership.” Nine of the 11 command staff, including captains, deputy chiefs and the Chief himself, are eligible to retire within three years.

Former Arvin City Manager Alan Christensen is the new Wasco City Manager. Alan previously served as City Manager in Hanford and Woodlake. Outgoing Wasco City Manager Jim Zervis is the new Shafter Administrative Services Director.

Lisa Goldman, a former Fremont Intergovernmental Relations Manager, has been named Acting Alameda City Manager. She has been with Alameda since 2007.

Deputy City Manager Nancy Mackle, 52, is the new San Rafael City Manager. She succeeds former City Manager Ken Nordhoff who left last year for the Walnut Creek City Manager post. Jim Schutz has been serving as Interim City Manager. Nancy’s been with the city for 14-years. She has a BA and MPPP from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rancho Cordova Senior Management Analyst Stephanie Snyder joined the city staff in November, 2005, coming from a similar position with Nevada County. She has also worked in the City of Chula Vista and San Diego County. She was named “Volunteer of the Year,” a Special Mayor’s Award by the City of Auburn in 1995.

Former Walnut and Lancaster City Manager Vern Lawson, currently the Lancaster Economic Development Director and Executive Director of the Lancaster Redevelopment Agency, serves on the Antelope Valley AQMD Governing Board. Vern is a UCLA alumnus.

Stepping out of retirement, P. Lamont Ewell, 58, a former Fire Chief and San Diego City Manager, has agreed to serve as the Oakland Interim City Administrator for the next 5 months. He replaces Dan Lindheim, who will stay on to address some special projects.

Novato City Manager Michael Frank presented that city’s “State of the City” address at a March 11 meeting before the Novato Chamber of Commerce.

Salinas City Manager Artie Fields, trying to avoid lay-offs, set a goal of reducing the expenditures of all city departments by 10%. Some of the City’s 540 employees may face lay-offs to fill a $7 million budget deficit.

Jeff Piper, 41, became Whittier Chief of Police officially on March 8 succeeding former Chief David Singer, who left in October, 2010 and was later appointed U.S. Marshall for California’s Central District.

Manteca City Manager Steve Pinkerton is making an effort to get a taste of what various city workers experience daily by working side-by-side with them. He recently worked in the rain with a municipal water crew, and got out to tighten a city meter in the wet.

Costa Mesa City Council members have changed City Manager Tom Hatch‘s position title to “Chief Executive Officer,” and have initiated efforts to “out-source” or contract out many city services.

The new Menifee City Manager is William “Bill” Rawlings, who is a former Vista Redevelopment Manager