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PublicCEO presents his Picking Up the Pieces:

La Palma City Manager Dominic Lazarretto has been selected to replace retiring Arcadia City Manager Don Penman on March 26.

Dunsmuir City Manager Jim Lindley has been appointed to the City Manager position in Dixon, and will start that assignment in March. Former Dixon City Manager Nancy Huston left the city last June to become the Assistant County Administrator in Solano County. Chief of Police Jon Cox has been serving as Acting City Manager during the Dixon recruitment.

San Mateo County Controller Tom Huening, 70, to retire at the end of March; mid-term.

Taft Public Works Director Craig Jones is the Interim City Manager following the resignation of Taft City Manager Bob Gorson.

Retired Winters City Manager Gail Wingard has been appointed Interim City Manager in Orland following the employment agreement expiration of City Manager Paul Poczobut Jr. Paul’s contract expired in November.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s personnel will officially replace the stand-alone Millbrae Police Department on March 5 in an effort to control budget costs. An expected savings of nearly $1.7 million is expected for the first year. The Millbrae City Manager is Marcia Raines, who is a CCMF Board Member.

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Deputy Executive Director Douglas Williford is the new El Cajon City Manager. He previously worked in the El Cajon Planning Department and as a Deputy City Manager/Development Services Director in Santee. Deputy City Manager Rob Turner has been serving as Acting City Manager since El Cajon City Manager Kathi Henry retired in August.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a supporter of President Barack Obama, has been chosen to Chair the Democratic Nation Convention this summer. According to an L.A. Times article, the Mayor has expressed interest in running for Governor, and might even challenge Governor Jerry Brown should Jerry seek reelection in 2014.

The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival is planned for Saturday, June 23, 2012 celebrating California’s Central Coast Wine Region. The event will feature wine, food, fine arts and live entertainment at Atascadero Lake Park.

Malibu Assistant City Manager Reva Feldman, Hercules Senior Planner Robert C. Reber, and Irvine Information Specialist Elizabeth J. Vogel are new members of ICMA.

Chino Chief of Police Miles Pruitt has been selected to serve as the Interim City Manager when City Manager Patrick Glover leaves for retirement.

El Segundo City Manager Doug Willmore has been terminated on a divided vote. The City’s Planning and Building & Safety Director Greg Carpenter will serve as an Interim City Manager. Doug is the former Chief Administrative Officer of Salt Lake County, Utah.

Retired Loma Linda City Manager Dennis Halloway and his wife were recently spotted in Santiago, Chile.

Atascadero‘s marketing and tourism consultant Steve Martin has written a book entitled, “Atascadero.” It is the latest book in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Not to be confused with the movie star and comedian of the same name, Steve lives in Paso Robles, is a graduate of Atascadero High School, and has been the Executive Director of Atascadero Main Street for the past 10-years. The book kick-off was in early February.

Montebello Interim City Administrator Larry Kosmont submitted his resignation effective February 29 so that he can get back to running his consulting company. Interim Assistant City Administrator Keith Breskin is said to be in the running to replace Larry. Keith is a former City Manager in Lawndale.

Retired Corcoran City Manager Ron Hoggard has been appointed Interim City Manager in Hanford to replace City Manager Hilary Straus, who recently resigned. Ron retired from his Corcoran post in June of last year.

Pasadena Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez earned her BA in Theatre Administration at Pomona College and her MBA from the University of La Verne. She worked for Pasadena in various positions between 1988 and 2003. Prior to returning to Pasadena she served as City Manager in Azusa and Director of Municipal Programs for Advanced Applied Engineering, Inc.

Fabian Villenas of the Rancho Cucamonga City Manager’s office reports that the City has established six (6) new electric charging stations where drivers of electric vehicles can “charge” their cars free of charge. John Gillison is the Rancho Cucamonga City Manager, and Linda Daniels is the Assistant City Manager.

New Salinas City Manager Ray E. Corpuz Jr. was presented with the Advancement of Diversity Communities Award during the Annual League of California Cities City Managers Department meeting last month in Indian Wells. Ray won the award for his work as a community leader while serving as the City Manager in Seaside. The Award was specifically for his role in initiating the Seaside History Project, which published two local history books.

Yountville Town Manager Steve Rogers was awarded the “Citizen of the Year” Award by the local Chamber of Commerce for his contributions in promoting and sustaining Yountville’s economic success. It is said that Steve was completely surprised by the presentation.

Former City Manager Steve Harding has been selected to be the Spring Semester 2012 City Manager in Residence in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton. Steve has served as City Manager in Murrieta and San Jacinto. He was also a Deputy City Manager in Santa Ana. He has a previous association with Urban Futures, Inc. and is currently a Senior Consultant with the Kosmont Companies.

Marina City Manager Tony Altfeld has received a letter notifying him of the intent to terminate his employment agreement on March 7.

Naomi Kelly has been confirmed as the new San Francisco City Administrator replacing Amy Brown, who resigned to accept the City Manager post in Campbell. Naomi is the first black San Francisco City Administrator. She served as Deputy City Administrator for the past year. Prior to that she was the City Purchaser and the Executive Director of the San Francisco Taxicab Commission prior to that. Her husband Harlan Kelly Jr. is the Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

March 12, 2012 is Girl Scouts Day. Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, for a Girl Scout meeting.

Long-time Parks & Recreation Director Christine Sansom of Mill Valley has retired after 22-years with the City. Christine worked 37-years in the Parks & Recreation field starting in 1974 with the Town of San Anselmo. She joined the Mill Valley staff in 1989. Christine has been an active member of the California Parks and Recreation Society, and served on the Board of that organization.

With City Manager Ed Sotelo, 66, on paid leave, Oxnard Acting City Manager is Assistant City Manager Karen Burnham. Ed has served as the Oxnard City Manager since February, 1998.

Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters has been serving as the Interim City Manager since the retirement of City Manager David Ream.

Chino City Manager Pat Glover has appointed Brent Arnold, Deputy Director of Community Development/City Planner, to fill the position of Interim Assistant City Manager. Assistant City Manager Pat Griffin abruptly resigned without explanation. Pat had served as ACM since 2009. Brent has been with the Chino for more than 26-years.

Fortuna City Manager Duane Rigge will be leaving office at the expiration of his employment agreement on June 30. The City Council is working to have a plan in place to be looking for a new city manager. Assistant City Manager Cheryl Nicholson was dismissed from her position with Fortuna in December, 2011. She had previously been recognized for her 15-years of service to the city.