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Retired City Manager Joe Tanner, who presided at the wedding of Mark Curran and Sophie Curran a few years back, has been trying to get an appeals hearing with the PERS Board regarding his pension calculations. He contends that their errors have significantly reduced his well-earned pension.

Prescott, Arizona’s new Acting City Manager Craig McConnell has held engineering and public works director jobs in California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona.

Retired Huntington Park City Manager Gregory Korduner has been playing some golf lately. This month he played in the 2nd Annual Kenny Landreaux Golf Tourney sponsored by the 10- 20 Club in Downey as a fundraiser to assist “at-risk” young people. Players in the inaugural tournament included: former MLB players Tommy Davis, Al Downing, Daryl Jackson and Kenny Landreaux, among other celebrities.

An article in the Ukiah Daily Journal notes that Sean White, Manager of the Russian River Flood Control & Water Conservation Improvement District, and Bill Koehler, General Manager of the Redwood Valley County Water District have been discussing with their two Boards the advantages of a merger of sorts to combine forces in order to negotiate with the Sonoma County Water Agency for more water rights for the Redwood Valley.

Christopher Hazeltine is the new Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Director replacing John W. Coates, who was promoted to an Assistant City Manager post last year. Chris has previous work experience in Oceanside and he has been serving as the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Director since 2004.

Desert Hot Springs was ranked No. 2, and Santa Ana‘s city tap water was judged No. 3 in the world in taste by a panel of 12 judges in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Daytona Beach, Florida was selected as No. 1.

Dixon City Manager Nancy Houston was appointed to her current assignment in June, 2008.

Atwater Interim City Manager Stan Feathers, former Assistant City Manager, has stepped down. He has served as “Interim” since City Manager Greg Wellman retired last November.

Retired City Manager Ray Silver‘s son Matthew R. Silver is an attorney in a Municipal & Redevelopment Law practice group. In 2001, Matt received numerous awards for heroism from various entities ranging from the City of Huntington Beach, the State Senate and Assembly to a member of the United States Congress for pulling a trapped man from a sunken vehicle in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and performing CPR.

In 2000 Julia Burrows, former Roseville Deputy City Manager, was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “40 under 40 Young Professionals” and in 2001 she was selected as one of five Sacramento area “Women Who Mean Business” by the Business Journal.

Redwood City Human Resources Director Robert Bell, who has been serving as Interim City Manager since City Manager Peter Ingram’s resignation last November, has been appointed City Manager. Bob was the 2004 recipient of the League’s Career Leadership Award recognizing him as the top city Human Resources Director in California. He has a PhD from the University of San Francisco.

Veteran American Canyon City Manager Richard Ramirez has announced his retirement. Rich has served as City Manager in Lincoln, Paso Robles, Hemet, as well as, Deputy City Manager in Sacramento. We believe he is the last active City Manager with personal “Peter B. Feenstra experience.”

The CCMF Board met in the Napa Valley this month.

Glendora Deputy City Manager Brenda Fischer is the new Maricopa, Arizona City Manager. Brenda has an MPA from the University of Nevada and she is an ICMA Credentialed City Manager.

Costa Mesa Administrative Service Director Stephen Mandoki, 52, is the new Lawndale City Manager replacing Interim City Manager Dayle Keller, who has filled in when former City Manager Keith Breskin left. Steve began his career in Carson and has worked as Assistant City Manager and City Manager in Murrieta.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the selection of William H. Edgar as Interim City Manager and Betty Masuoka as Interim Deputy City Manager.

Assistant County Manager Birgitta Corsello has been appointed to succeed Solano County Manager Michael Johnson, who has served in that position since 1992. Birgitta has been with the county since 1989.

City officials of Murrieta and Temecula have met to discuss how they can work together to bring a university to the area.

Yakima, Washington City Manager Richard A. Zais, Jr. plans to retire this summer. Dick is a former West Coast Regional Vice President on the ICMA Executive Board (1996-1998).

Veteran City Attorney Leland “Lee” Dolley has been appointed Interim City Attorney in Manhattan Beach, where he is a resident. City Manager Dave Carmany notes that Lee will not be a candidate for the permanent City Attorney appointment. Lee previously served as City Attorney in Lomita, El Segundo and Alhambra.

Richard Warne resigned from the Livingston City Manager position effective March 1, and Assistant City Manager Vickie Lewis has been appointed Interim City Manager.