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PublicCEO presents his Picking Up the Pieces:

Hercules Municipal Services Director John Stier has submitted his resignation. John’s last day with Hercules will be November 10. Steve Duran is the current Hercules City Manager.

San Marcos City Manager Paul Malone, 53, has announced that he will retire this coming April. Paul has been with San Marcos for 30-years, serving in various positions starting in the Planning Department. He helped coordinate the construction of City Hall and negotiated plans to bring a California State University to San Marcos.

Retired Beverly Hills City Manager Rod Wood has been appointed Interim City Manager in Indian Wells. Rod previously served as the Indian Wells City Manager from 1989 to 1992. Rod is a past President of the City Managers’ Department of the League of California Cities (2003-2004).

Joan Phillipe, newly appointed Interim City Administrator in Clearlake most recently served as the Interim General Manager of the Foresthill Public Utility District in Placer County. She previously worked as the City Manager in Colusa, and Colfax and Loomis prior to that.

Dana Shigley, 48, Anderson City Manager, has been named to replace retiring American Canyon City Manager Richard Ramirez. Dana has worked for Anderson for the past 11-years, first in Finance Director and then as Grants Manager, Redevelopment Agency Executive Director, Assistant City Manager and finally as City Manager. Dana has an MPA from California State University, Sacramento.

After more than 20-years with the California Contract Cities Association staff, Maria Montes has taken a position with Kaiser as a Project Manager II in Administration. She is part of the support staff for the Assistant Medical Center Administrator of Primary Care and the Area Assistant Medical Director.

Highland City Council Member Sam Racadio, who retired as the Highland City Manager in 2006, began his public management career in 1970 as an Administrative Intern in Riverside. Sam is a past President of the City Managers’ Department of the League of California Cities.

Mike Moreland’s son Patrick is the new Assistant Town Manager of the Town of Brattleboro, Vermont. During his first two weeks the town experienced an earthquake and a major flood from Irene. Tough way to start, but maybe the worst is over already.

After receiving complaints about the situation, the Lodi city staff “cobbled together” a flagpole using an old streetlight and pulley system for q recent Tokay High School football game at the Grape Bowl, according to Lodi City Manager Rad Bartlam.

Native American Indian tribes throughout Northern California have banded together with Friends of the Eel River to take “spiritual, scientific and legal” action to save the waterway and the fish that swim in it. The most recent ceremonies focused on returning the Eel River and the fisheries it supports to a healthy and sustainable state, and included members of the Wiyot Tribe, and the Bear River, Cahto, Grindstone, Sherwood Rancheria, Round Valley, Pomo, Hoopa, Yurok, and Karuk Tribes.

Redding City Manager Kurt Starman has announced the appointment of Stockton police Captain Robert Paoletti as the new Redding Chief of Police. Chief Paoletti, 41, replaced Chief Peter Hansen, who will retire on November 14.

Sara Russo of the City of Redondo Beach, a student at California State University, Long Beach, is the second 2011 recipient of the California City Management Foundation Wes McGlure Scholarship. Chelsea Wood of Santa Clarita also received the award in the inaugural year of the scholarship award. Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney is the current CCMF President.

Imperial Beach City Manager Gary Brown announced at an October workshop that he is opening a Twitter account. The city is considering a social media policy to improve its ability to disseminate public information. J Simms Advertising Agency is working with Imperial Beach regarding this matter.

City Managers, former and current, who attended the Knapp Classic Car Reception in October included: Terry Belanger, Jim Ruth, Mike Fleager, Lloyd de Llamas, Jim Destefano, Doug La Belle and Bruce Channing. The event raised $4,000 after expenses for the Knapp Family account to fight and find a cure for Huntington’s Disease.

Last month it was reported that 10 people brawled inside the third-floor office of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond City Hall. ONS workers refused to identify the attackers. Police indicated that the brawl arose after members of rival gangs came to City Hall to collect pay checks for their participation in a city-administered like skills training program. Bill Lindsay is the Richmond City Manager and DeVone Boggan is the ONS Director.