Veteran City Manager Bob Adams has been on a 90-day “interim” assignment as an Interim Human Resources Director for Madera City Manager David Tooley. Bob is a University of California, Berkeley alumnus.

Livermore Assistant City Manager Troy Brown is the new incoming West Coast Vice President on the ICMA Executive Board.

Assistant City Manager Evert Palmer, 51, is the new Folsom City Manager succeeding retiring City Manager Kerry Miller. He will assume the City Manager position on October 14. Evert has served Folsom for more than 15-years as Assistant City Manager, Director of Administrative Services and Assistant Finance/Information Technology Director. He has an MPA from Golden Gate University and a BA from Chapman University.

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene reported that a Coast Live Oak with a 51-inch trunk has been discovered to have a rotting trunk and roots, and is reluctantly being considered for removal. The extensive decay, combined with the large size of the tree, give cause for public safety concerns. The removal is scheduled for the last week of September, but may be held off to allow further discussion and determinations.

San Jose City Manager Debra Figone has announced that her selection of Dave Sykes to be the city’s Director of Public Works has been confirmed. Dave is a 24-year veteran of the department. He is the President of the Santa Clara County Municipal Public Works Officials.

Sturgis, South Dakota has appointed Merced Development Manager Daniel Ainslie to be their next City Manager. Sturgis is famous for being the location of one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world; held annually in August.

Upon City Council direction, Simi Valley Assistant City Manager Laura Behjan is addressing the Grand Jury and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors regarding a planned expansion of the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center on unincorporated land neighboring the City. It has been alleged that there has been dumping of hazardous waste at the site. The Simi Valley City Manager is Mike Sedell.

Richmond Economic Development Director Steve Duran has been selected to be the next Hercules City Manager replacing Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam. Liz followed Interim City Manager Fred Deltorchio, who followed former City Manager Nelson Oliva.

Retired veteran City Manager Kevin O’Rourke, a past West Coast Vice President on the ICMA Executive Board, will become the Woodland Interim City Manager October 3 filling in behind the departing City Manager Mark Deven, who is the new Arvada, Colorado City Manager.

Santa Fe Spring City Manager Thaddeus McCormack has a BA from California State University, Long Beach and an Master’s in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.

Former Barstow City Manager Hector Rodriquez is the new Cudahy City Manager. He replaced Interim City Manager Angel Perales. Most recently Hector served as the Executive Officer of Operations Administration for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He was the Barstow Finance Director before being appointed City Manager.

Members of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) will meet for their Annual Conference and Exhibitors Showcase October 10-13, 2011 in Monterey.

La Habra Heights City Manager Shauna Clark, 60, first appointed in 2007, has received a three-year employment agreement extension.

Following a month-long performance review, Willows’ City Manager Steve Holsinger earned a vote of confidence.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Manager Steven E. Hayman, 58, has announced his resignation effective December 30. Steve has held is current position for the past half-a-dozen years. He is currently battling prostate cancer.

Lindsay Assistant City Manager Clayton Lucas has resigned to accept the City Manager post in Salem, Missouri, a town about 120 from St. Louis. Rich Wilkinson is the Lindsay City Manager.

Retiring American Canyon City Manager Richard Ramirez is the proud father of Jessica who is following her dream of becoming an actress when she is not attending to her elementary school teaching post. Jessica appeared on the Discovery documentary program, “I Faked My Own Death” as the character Molly Daniels on the 10 p.m. September 17 program.

Salinas Interim City Manager Jim Pia, 48, has worked with the City for three decades. Jim stepped up to the City Manager post with the departure of City Manager Artie Fields, who is the new City Administrator in Inglewood.

San Juan Capistrano City Manager Karen Brust has announced the appointment of Keith Van Der Maaten to be the City’s new Utilities Director. Keith has worked for Santa Cruz since 2006.

Retired Orange City Manager Dave Rudat is currently the Interim Fire Chief in Stockton.

Former Alameda City Manager Ann Marie Gallant has filed suit claiming the City Council targeted her as a whistle-blower about wrongdoing.

Former Livermore Mayor and Council Member, and former State Assembly Member Gilbert Marguth died on August 19 following a 9-year battle with leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 77-years old.

Joan Phillipe is the new Interim City Administrator in Clearlake. She is a former Executive Director of the California State Sheriffs Association, and most recently served as the Interim General Manager of the Foresthill Public Utility District. She has served as City Manager in Colusa, Colfax and Loomis.

J. R. Castner retired as the Sioux City, Iowa City Manager in 1986 and then signed on to manage and promote the Siouxland Open Golf Tournament for the next dozen years. J.R., 77, retired from his tournament position last year. He is a former El Monte City Administrator.

Owen Thal of Tripepi Smith & Associates, who has assisted with the distribution of the City Manager Newsletter by Trackdown, graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Economics.

Veteran retired City Manager Raul Romero, who recently served as La Puente Interim City Manager, is the new Interim City Manager in Huntington Park.

We understand that Moraga Town Manager Jill Keimach is the daughter of retired League of California Cities Executive Director Don Benninghove