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PublicCEO presents his Picking Up the Pieces:

It has been announced that Ray Corpuz, currently the City Manager in Seaside, is the No. 1 pick to become the next Salinas City Manager. Ray is the choice from among the final six candidates. The Acting City Manager is Jim Pia, a 30-plus-year Salinas city employee. Previous to Seaside, Ray served as City Manager in Tacoma, Washington. Bob Murray & Associates served as the city’s recruitment consultant.

Del Rey Oaks City Manager Daniel Dawson has a son serving as a US Navy Chief on the USS Abraham Lincoln and a daughter who served 4-years in Japan. Dan has a nephew serving as a Naval Intelligence Specialist in Pearl Harbor and a niece who is a Naval MP in Spain. We join Dan with his “God Bless Our Troops” shout out.

Amy Brown is the new Campbell City Manager. She currently serves as the Acting City Administrator in San Francisco. Former City Manager Daniel H. Rich, is now City Manager in Mountain View where City Manager Kevin Duggan retired.

La Quinta City Manager Thomas P. Genovese, 54, died while hiking Sunday (November 20) morning on the Bump and Grind Trail in Rancho Mirage. Tom was transported by helicopter to an area hospital in critical condition. He reportedly had a massive heart attack. Tom worked for the City of La Quinta for about 25-years. He served as Ronald Kiedrowski‘s La Quinta assistant in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The Rio Vista City Council has decided to not renew the employment agreement of City Manager Hector Del La Rosa, which expires in April.

Trackdown joins all the other well-wisher to congratulate Larry Kosmont and the Kosmont Companies on successfully completing their first 25-years in business.

Monrovia has retained Bob Murray & Associates to help the city with the recruitment of a new City Manager as City Manager Scott Ochoa will take the Glendale City Manager post in January. The city is looking to appoint an Interim City Manager to take over in January until a permanent replacement is identified.

John Stephens, a California Lutheran University graduate, oversees the Property & Casualty distribution for Keenan & Associates Public Agency Division which includes more than 800 public agencies, educational entities and joint powers authorities.

Former Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan has filed suit seeking $2 million from the city. Geoff left city service in Manhattan Beach in 2009. The current Manhattan Beach City Manager is David Carmany, former Seal Beach City Manager, and the current City Attorney is Roxanne Diaz of Richards, Watson & Gershon.

It has been reported that one of the issues leading to the resignation of Anaheim City Manager Thomas Wood is that he does not live in Anaheim, though his employment agreement specifically exempts the residency requirement. Tom is well-thought of in the Anaheim business community. Anaheim Chamber of Commerce President Todd Ament praises Tom and the good work he has done for the City of Anaheim.

Retired City Manager Ronald Kiedrowski, who served in San Pablo, American Canyon, La Quinta and Show Low, Arizona, is enjoying a well-earned retirement in The Villages, Florida where he likes to play golf.

Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer has decided to not retire as he had announced in June. Fresno City Manager Mark Scott is supportive of the Chief. Now that he has officially “un-retired” the Chief says that one of the areas for his focus will be leadership development and succession planning for the police department.

Patterson City Manager Rod Butler has said that he has seen dozens of successful redevelopment projects that have served as catalysts for the elimination of blight and the revitalization of economically distressed areas.

San Juan Capistrano City Manager Karen Brust has announced that the residents who appealed a citation regarding traffic and parking issues that occurred as a result of Bible studies at their home have dropped their case as the city moves forward to address the issues. San Juan Capistrano does not prohibit Bible studies.

Veteran public manager Tim Brown, a longtime San Dimas resident, passed away on November 4. He was 65-years old. Tim served in the Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. He was Finance Director and Deputy City Manager in Upland in the 1980s. He later served as City Controller in Compton; Assistant City Manager and Finance Director in Hawthorne; City Manager in Seaside and retired as Coachella City Manager in 2009.

Los Alamitos City Manager Jeffrey L. Stewart has been selected to serve as the new Bellflower City Manager. He will be replacing City Manager Mike Egan, who left the city in August to assume the City Manager post in Norwalk following the retirement of Norwalk City Manager Ernie Garcia. Jeff has worked in West Covina and Rosemead, and served as City Manager in El Segundo prior to joining the Los Alamitos staff in 2009.

Claremont City Manager Jeff Parker, formerly the City Manager in Walnut and Patterson, is the new Tustin City Manager.

Former Orland City Manager Paul H. Poczobut Jr. is “In Transition.”

Former City Manager Tom Lando is helping to formulate plans to achieve a two-thirds vote to increase the sales tax in the City of Chico for the next 25-years to fund needed community services and facilities. Chico City Manager David Burkland said that he is encouraged that members of the community recognize the city is vulnerable to State and federal reductions.

Anthony Gonsalves, Jason Gonsalves and Paul Gonsalves of the Joe A. Gonsalves & Son professional legislative representation firm were recently invited to meet with the President of Portugal here in California. Their wives Evelyn Gonsalves, Tracy Gonsalves and Jamie Gonsalves accompanied them.

Hollister, the County Seat in San Benito County, was incorporated on August 29, 1872. Hollister is well-known among geologists as the Calaveras Fault (a branch of the San Andreas Fault system) bisects the city north and south. Clint Quilter is the current Hollister City Manager.

South Pasadena Assistant City Manager Sergio Gonzalez is serving as the Interim City Manager in South Pasadena with the departure of City Manager John Davidson, who is the new Irwindale City Manager. Linda Barton announced her retirement in September after serving 10-years as Livermore City Manager. Livermore Community Development Director Marc Roberts, who has worked for the city for 24-years, will be the new City Manager.

Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy welcomes the new SMG management consultant’s appointment of Scott Neal to be the new general manager to oversee the operation if several Bakersfield event facilities, including: Rabobank Arena, Theater & Convention Center; Bakersfield Ice Sports Center; and the Bright House Networks Ampitheater. Scott, who has been with SMG since 2008, comes to Bakersfield from service as the Assistant General Manager/Director of Event Services and Marketing Director of INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

Santa Rosa, where Kathleen Millison is City Manager, has been dealing with the issue of “Occupy Santa Rosa” protesters who camped out on City Hall grounds. The encampment included a food preparation area and other campsite infrastructure. The Santa Rosa encampment apparently attracted homeless residents too.

Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy has said, “The (State’s) predatory view of coming and taking away local money is horrendous. Anything we can do to protect local money…is prudent.”