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PublicCEO presents his Picking Up the Pieces:

While Seal Beach Interim Chief of Police Keith Kilmer served as the Chief in Bell Gardens, he did not retire when he left that post. He moved from Bell Gardens to become the Chief of Police in San Bernardino in June, 2009. He left there in October, 2011. Thank you to Cypress Administrative Services Manager Andrew Tse for the “heads-up.”

Marysville City Manager Steve Casey has retired after nearly 10-years with the City, and Palm Beach County, Florida Director of Financial Management Walter Munchheimer, 64, has been appointed to replace him. Walter lists Eureka as his hometown, and he is a University of California, Davis alumnus.

Retired American Canyon City Manager Richard Ramirez is available for interim assignments. He manages the Interim Public Management Services (IPMS) web page. You may contact IPMS at 916-769-7598.

Burbank City Manager Mike Flad as accepted the appointment to be the next City Manager in the City of South Gate. Mike has served with the Burbank city staff for 22-years; as City Manager since 2008.

Michael Colantuono of Colantuono & Levin has been appointed to a 3-year term commencing on October 14, 2012 with the State Bar, the agency that regulates the practice of law in California. Michael is the City Attorney in Grass Valley and Auburn.

Manhattan BeachManagement Analyst Clay Curtin is the current President of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC).

Colton City Manager Rod Foster has been serving as the Co-Chair of the OPEB Subcommittee for the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities with Los Gatos Town Manager Greg Larson. The OPEB nomenclature was created by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and generally stands for: Other Postemployment Benefits.

Shasta Lake City Manager Carol Martin, 54, has announced that she will retire November 30 to spend more time with her family. She has publicly recommended that Assistant City Manager John Duckett, 50, be appointed to replace her. One of his duties is to oversee the Shasta Lake Finance Department. John has been with the Shasta Lake city staff since 1993. Carol Martin worked about 16-years with the City of Anderson, nine as Finance Manager, prior to joining the Shasta Lake staff in 1997 as Finance Director. She was appointed City Manager in 2006.

Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett has been named as an award finalist by Film Liaisons California Statewide (FLICS) for the 18th Annual “California On Location Awards.” Public employees are recognized for delivering outstanding service and on-location support to the film industry. Greg is a nominee for the associations highest honor along with Kern County Fire Department Captain Tony Martinez, and Bureau of Land Management Realty Specialist Elaine Hanson. Greg is also nominated for FLIC’s City Employee of the Year along with Gabriel Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department; and Caroline Weigandt, an Administrative Assistant with the City of Half Moon Bay. The 2012 awards will be presented at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena on October 28.

Veteran Lakewood City Manager Howard Chambers earned a BS in Criminology/Public Administration at California State University, Long Beach; a MA in Planning & Public Administration from Pepperdine University; and an MPA from the University of Southern California (USC).

Pinole Assistant City Manager Michelle Fitzer is joining the Antioch city staff as the Administrative Services Director beginning October 1. In addition to her Assistant City Manager duties in Pinole, Michelle also served as the city’s Human Resources Director. She worked with Pinole for 6-years.

Tripepi Smith Senior Business Analyst Jessica Hernandez has been appointed to a Senior Administrative Analyst post with the City of Cudahy where Hector Rodriguez is City Manager.

Retired Corcoran City Manager Ron Hoggard, 63, will face incumbent Supervisor Richard Valle, 42, in a November runoff for the District 2 Supervisor in Kings County. Both candidates oppose the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s planned rail line though the center of rural Kings County.

Diamond Bar City Manager Jim DeStefano was spotted at the September 22nd Cruisin’ For A Cure fundraising event for prostate cancer care and research at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Stanley Morgan, a former Assistant City Manager in Dairy Valley…now Cerritos…and a former Mayor and Council Member in Anderson, currently lives in Vacaville where he operates Winners Ink & Toner.

Past MMASC President Carl Alameda, Senior Management Analyst in La Cañada Flintridge, is Vice President of the USC Price School Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a Board Member of the USC Board of Governors, as well as, a Board Member of the USC City/County Management Fellowship.


Emeryville City Manager Pat O’Keeffe, prior to joining the Emeryville staff, served as the Director of Community Development for the City of El Cerrito. Pat earned a BA and MPA from San Francisco State University. Pat replaced former Emeryville City Manager John Flores, who retired after 30-years in public service.

Peggy Flynn has been appointed to serve as the Novato Public Communication Coordinator. Peggy has worked in communications and public information rolls with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.

CypressAdministrative Services Manager Andrew Tse has worked for the cities of Paramount, Bell Gardens and Seal Beach. Andy earned an MPA at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Highland City Council Member Sam Racadio, a former City Manager, was spotted in the Exposition area during the 2012 Annual Conference of the League of California Cities. We apologize for missing him in the list in our last issue. Sam is a former President of the City Managers Department of the League.

J. Kelly Sessions has served as the Fremont Fire Department’s Business Development Manager for the past 8-years. He was a Special Assistant to the Fire Chief. He has been hired to serve as the Assistant to the City Manager in San Pablo to work with City Manager Matt Rodriguez. He has more than 20-years in the public sector, including positions in: Colma, Clayton, and Oakland.

Lorraine Okabe is the Assistant Director of Education and Conferences for the League of California Cities. She can be reached at: LOkabe@cacities.org

Ben Wong, former Regional Public Affairs Manager; Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities is currently working with the Southern California Edison Company in Local Public Affairs.

Karen Suiker has served as the City Manager in Trinidad, California since March, 2011. Karen previously served as the Interim City Manager in Blue Lake, and she held a number of different posts with the County of Humboldt.

Retired City Manager Arne Croce will receive one of ICMA’s highest and most prestigious awards of recognition, the Distinguished Service Award, for his professional work with the City of Bell in the aftermath of the crisis there.

Blue Lake, formerly the Town of Scottsville, is a city in Humboldt County on the Mad River 16 miles northeast of Eureka. Previously the City Manager in Lake Butler, Florida, John Berchtold has served the Blue Lake City Manager since May, 2010.

According to Associated Press writers Jason Dearen and Alicia Chang, there are 17 desalination proposals in California concentrated along the Pacific Coast. However, desalination projects have been stymied by skyrocketing construction costs, huge energy requirements for operating plants, regulatory delays and legal challenges over environmental impacts on marine life. Only one small plant on Monterey Bay is currently pumping drinking water.
Past Presidents of CSMFO Since organizing 51-years ago: 1958-59 C. Raymond Wood, Beverly Hills; 1960 R. Neal Bearden, Hayward; 1961 William Hard, Santa Monica; 1962 John Brophy, Redwood City; 1963 Shelby Langford, Palm Springs; 1964 Charles Bird, Modesto; 1965 Walter Berg, Fresno; 1966 Douglas Ogden, Anaheim; 1967 Monty Kitchen, Sacramento; 1968 Stanley Bara, Norwalk; 1969 Jack Ference, Redwood City; 1970 Harry Weber, El Segundo; 1971 Carl V. Husby, Jr., Sunnyvale; 1972 William Dundore, Torrance; 1973 Stanley S. Pinkoski, Concord; 1974 LeRoy Barton, Inglewood; 1975 Martin L. Allen, Sacramento; 1976 Dallas Flicek, Palm Springs; 1977 Ronald E. Beach, Monterey; 1978 Denny L. Haynes, Bakersfield*; 1978-79 Robert L. Hargrave, Roseville; 1980 Donald M. Nuttall, Santa Fe Springs; 1981 Jack R. Crist, Sacramento; 1982 Barbara A. Henderson, Fullerton; 1983 R. Kent South, San Jose; 1984 Robert S. Biery, Thousand Oaks; 1985 Dewey D. Evans, Monterey; 1986 George P. Ferrone, Anaheim; 1987 William F. Feldmeier, Davis; 1988 Nancy E. Hicks, Lakewood; 1989 John L. deRussy, San Mateo; 1990 Irwin B. Bornstein, Mission Viejo; 1991 John S. Lindsay, Santa Rosa; 1992 Steve D. Temple, Hemet; 1993 Kurt Hahn, Healdsburg; 1994 Roderick R. Coloma, Santa Ana; 1995 Robert C. Leland, Fairfield; 1996 Barbara Steckel, Riverside; 1997 Zenda James, Alameda; 1998 Howard Longballa, Placentia; 1999 Mary Bradley, Sunnyvale; 2000 Derek Hanway, Burbank; 2001 Bill Statler, San Luis Obispo; 2002 Barbara Underwood, Vista; 2003 Zane Johnston, Tracy; 2004 Anita Lawrence, Camarillo; 2005 Janet Salvetti, Stockton; 2006 Mark Alvarado, Monrovia; 2007 Brad Grant, Merced; 2008 Vikki Copeland, Hermosa Beach; 2009 Thomas Fil, Belmont; 2010 Ronnie Campbell, Camarillo; 2011 Scott Johnson, Oakland: * Passed away in office
Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney, CCMF Board President, tells us that CCMF is inviting participation at “The New and Future City Manager Seminar” scheduled for November 9-11, 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel, Newport Beach (Near the John Wayne Airport). The Seminar registration cost of $325 includes: materials, hotel accommodations, and all meals. Those interested should make inquiries to Melissa Au-Yeung of Laguna Hills at telephone no. 949-707-2621, or email Melissa at: mau-yeung@ci.laguna-hills.ca.us

The next meeting of the City Managers’ Department of the League of California Cities is scheduled for January 30-February 1, 2012 in San Francisco.

Fillmore City Manager Yvonne Quiring has accepted the appointment to be the Davis Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director, and Fire Chief Rigo Landeros has been appointed Fillmore Interim City Manager.­