PublicCEO presents his Picking Up the Pieces:
Former La Puente Management Analyst Jeanette Ortega has joined the Placentia management team as Neighborhood Services Coordinator with City Administrator Troy Butzlaff. Also, Troy has appointed California State University, Fullerton graduate David Armstrong to an Administrative Intern post.
City Manager Bruce Feng of Camarillo views the new local library as not just a repository for books but as a cultural arts center. Investment in the arts is a cog in the City’s strategy to attract tourism and economic development.
Former City Manager Larry Kosmont of the Kosmont Companies will replace Interim City Administrator Peter Cosentini in the City of Montebello. David Biggs of the Kosmont firm, and also a former City Manager, will share the City Administrator duties with Larry for the next six-months.
After reviewing some 130 applications and interviewing six candidates, Seal Beach has decided to appoint Assistant City Manager/Interim City Manager Jill Ingram, 45, as the permanent replacement of former City Manager David Carmany, who left to assume the City Manager post in Manhattan Beach. She becomes the “First Woman” to hold the Seal Beach City Manager position.
Gonzalo Vazquez of the Cypress staff was in attendance at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Mother’s Day to see the Angels beat the Cleveland Indians and pick up Manager Mike Scioscia’s 1,000th win as the Angel Manager.
Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who has been on paid leave since January 4, has been dismissed from office. According to City Attorney William Curley, Robb was fired for an unspecified employment breach and failure to follow city council direction. Upland Finance Director Stephen Dunn has been filling in as Acting City Manager since Robb Quincey was placed on the paid leave-of-absence in January.
San Marino, Culver City and Simi Valley have all been recognized by the Toro Company for reducing water usage. San Marino’s water use reduction was about 40% less per capita.
John Danielson, the former Elk Grove and Wildomar City Manager, has been serving as Interim City Manager in Atherton since December. When he was appointed the newspaper listed the other finalist for the post as: Nadine Levin of San Mateo, Martha Debry of San Jose, Eli Naffah of Crescent City and Gene Rogers of Pebble Beach.
Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Chairman Bill Baker, 85, died this month.
Fire Chief Mike Botto is the Acting City Manager in Oakdale since the dismissal of City Manager Steve Hallam. Oakdale officials have proposed to replace the full-time City Manager with a 20-hours-per-week part-time City Manager. Oakdale Finance Director Albert Avila estimates that a part-time City Manager would be paid about $75,000 annually.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is urging businesses in Vernon where the California State Legislature is disincorporatiing the city to consider moving to the State of Texas.
Retired Orange City Manager Dave Rudat is the new Acting Chief of the Fire Department in Stockton. Dave replaces Deputy Chief Lance Calkins, who has been acting chief since former Chief Ron Hittle was placed on administrative leave in late March. The Stockton City Manager is Bob Deis.
Manhattan Beach City Manager David Carmany has introduced the City’s new Chief of Police Eve Irvine, 47, who will start in her new position June 1. Eve will be replacing the retiring Chief Rod Ulyeda. She comes from the Inglewood Police Department where she rose to the rank of Captain.
John Russo, 52, will become the newest Alameda City Manager on June 13, 2011.
City Manager Chris Zapata of National City was among the top five final candidates for the Chandler, Arizona City Manager position. Interim City Manager Rich Dlugas, 57, the former Chandler Assistant City Manager has been chosen as the new city manager.
Mountain View Interim City Manager Melissa Stevenson Dile is working with local unions to find savings to address a projected $4.8 million budget deficit. 26 Mountain View employees earned more than $200,000 last year.
Google, the internet search engine giant, is entering into a 52-year lease on a 9.4-acre Mountain View site to expand its campus.
Former Upland and Ontario City Manager G. Michael Milhiser currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
Gridley City Administrator Rob Hickey, 55, was a maintenance supervisor for the U.S. Air Force at Beale Air Force Base for 23-years. He spent 8-years as the Live Oak City Manager, and about a year as the Colusa City Manager. The Interim City Manager that Rob replaced in Gridley is former Interim Colusa City Manager Randy L. Johnsen, a retired Lakeport City Manager. Rob’s wife Susan Hickey is a Human Resource Analyst for Sutter County. The current Colusa City Manager is Jan McClintock.
Gus Vina, the former Interim City Manager in Sacramento, replaces City Manager Phil Cotton in Encinitas. Previous to his last dozen years in Sacramento as Budget Manager, Finance Director and Assistant City Manager, Gus worked for Stockton for some 10 years, and the State of California for nine years prior to that. Phil, who is a retired Marine, retired from the city last July and continued to serve Encinitas through the recruitment process.