When Mammoth Lakes Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht was appointed City Manager in Blaine, Washington the community did not need to look far for a well-qualified replacement. Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, who served as Interim Town Manager on previous occasions, has been appointed to the Mammoth Lakes Town Manager position. In December, 2012 Dave and Marianna were selected by the Mammoth Times as “Persons of the Year.” Marianna earned a BA in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University, and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Marianna is married to Redlands City Manager Nabar Enrique Martinez.
Administrative Services Director Rachelle Rickard has been appointed to the Atascadero City Manager position vacated by City Manager Wade McKinney. Rachelle has worked for Atascadero for the past 16-years beginning in February, 1997 when she was originally hired as a City Accountant. She was promoted to Administrative Services Director in July, 1998. Historically, Rachelle was the first female Department Head appointed to serve in Atascadero.
Recently retired Emeryville City Manager Patrick O’Keeffe, 60, has been retained to serve as Interim City Manager when Albany City Manager Beth Pollard retires in August.
Yorba Linda City Manager Steve Rudometkin is retiring and leaving Yorba Linda for the second time. Steve began his public service career in 1977 as a Community Facilities Coordinator in Yorba Linda. He returned to Yorba Linda after a brief gig in Pomona when the Yorba Linda City Council was looking for some stability following a period of 3 and a half years with three different City Managers. Steve served as the Yorba Linda Director of Parks and Recreation for 27-years.
Former San Fernando City Council Member (1994-1998) Raul Godinez II is the new El Monte City Manager. Raul has been serving as the Public Works Director in Santa Ana, and prior to that he worked in public works in Oakland under then-Mayor Jerry Brown. He earned a BS from California State University, Northridge. Raul replaces former City Manager Rene Bobadilla, who is currently the Huntington Park City Manager. Executive search experts Bob Murray & Associates helped the City of El Monte with their City Manager recruitment. Former Baldwin Park CEO Dayle Keller has been serving as the Interim City Manager. Jesus Gomez is the Assistant City Manager in El Monte.
Escalon City Manager John Abrew has resigned to take another position. His last day on the job in Escalon is July 15. The city’s Finance Director Tammy Alcantor will serve as the Interim City Manager during the search for a new City Manager. John Abrew originally joined the Escalon city staff as the City Engineer and later served as Public Works Director. Applications for the Escalon City Manager post should be filed with the city prior to July 31.
Diamond Bar City Manager Jim DeStefano is the new Chair of the City Managers/Administrators Committee of the California Contract Cities Association, and as such serves on the organization’s Executive Board.
New Fountain Valley City Manager Robert Hall, who served as the Huntington Beach Assistant City Administrator, worked in Huntington Bach for nearly 8-years, replaces long-time veteran City Manager Ray Kromer, who officially retired in December, 2012. Robert has a daughter who attends Huntington Beach High School, which was originally built in 1906; “Home of the Oilers.”
David Wayne Rowlands will officially start as the new Fillmore City Manager on August 12, 2013. David has been serving as the City Manager in Clayton, Ohio. Prior to joining the Clayton staff, David worked as the Deputy City Manager in Novato. He earned a BA from California Lutheran University and an MPA from California State University, Stanislaus.
Carson Director of Administrative Services Jackie Acosta has been appointed Acting City Manager in the wake of City Manager David C. Biggs‘, 53, dismissal.
Half Moon Bay City Manager Laura Snideman has been rewarded after a good performance evaluation with a 7% pay increase and a one-time bonus of$18,270, according Half Moon Bay Review writer Mark Noack.
Recently Bedrosian Center Director Raphael Bostic moderated a discussion with Hermosa Beach City Manager Tom Bakaly; Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell, and Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler, co-author of Reinventing Government, the best-selling book ever published about government. Tom and Ted serve on the USC Bedrosian Center Board of Advisers.
Norco Deputy City Manager and Finance Director Andy Okoro, 53, is the new Norco City Manager following the resignation of City Manager Beth Grove, who is leaving the city to serve as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California Baptist University. Andy joined the Norco staff about 10-years ago. He has a degree from Wichita State University.
Carson City Manager David Biggs, 53, has been dismissed. He was appointed to the Carson City Manager post in August, 2011 and signed a three-year employment agreement. David succeeded former Carson City Manager Jerry Groomes, who took a position in San Diego. David previously worked as the Tustin City Manager for a short time, and served about 5-years as the Assistant City Manager in Redondo Beach. Previous to that he served as the Economic Development Director in Huntington Beach.
Albert Y. Ng, 78, passed away following a heart attack on January 6, 2013 in Torrance. Albert was born on October 1, 1934 in Guangdong, China. He earned a BS in Business Administration from UCLA. He worked for the City of Torrance for 37-years, retiring as the Assistant City Manager in 1997. Albert served on the Boards of Directors of the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Association, American Heart Association, Volunteer Center, and the Torrance Federal Credit Union. He is a past President of the Central City Optimist Club.
Fresno Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd, 57, is being promoted to replace City Manager Mark Scott who is the new Burbank City Manager. He has served as ACM since 2005, and before that he served as the Fresno Transit Manager. He has worked for the city of Fresno for 37-years.
Huntington Beach Assistant City Administrator Robert Hall has been selected to be the next Fountain Valley City Manager, replacing City Manager Ray Kromer, who retired after 28-years in the post.
Members of the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) have partly restored health benefits for State elected officials and granted a 5.2% salary increase to Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislators. The CCCC includes seven members appointed by the Governor to six-year terms. The Commissioners include: labor attorney Thomas Dalzell, who Governor Brown appointed to the Chair; Charles Murray; John Stites, II; Scott Somers; Wilma Wallace; Nancy Miller; and Anthony Barkett.
Kenneth McDonald, Crescent City Finance Director, has been appointed to the Firebaugh City Manager post replacing Interim City Manager Ron Manfredi. Ken served as the Finance Director in Crescent City for the past five-years. He earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Fresno City Manager Mark Scott has accepted the appointment to serve as the new Burbank City Manager. Veteran City Manager Ken Pulskamp, who retired as the Santa Clarita City Manager, has filled the post as an Interim City Manager since September when City Manager Mike Flad resigned to take the South Gate City Manager position. Mark previously worked for Beverly Hills, Culver City and Spartanburg, South Carolina. He earned an MBA from Stanford University.
Former Hawaiian Gardens staff member Rita Gallardo, who has been serving as the Legislative Assistant to California State Senator Alex Padilla, has been appointed as the new Division Chief for Stakeholder Relations with CalPERS. Rita will provide leadership and strategic guidance for Stakeholder Operations, Strategic Event Management and the Public Records Act unit.
SB 56 crafts a statewide policy for incorporations and annexations. It would put any incorporation after 2004 in the same funding pool as cities that have been in place for much longer. Cities and counties receive a share of the property tax revenue designed to make up for the loss of vehicle license fee revenue. Jason Gonsalves of Joe A. Gonsalves & Son explains, “In a nutshell, it is treating them similar to how everyone else was treated prior to Proposition IA. Jason and his firm represent the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar. The bill will also apply to recent annexations like in Fontana, and future new cities and annexations.
It is uncertain how the City of Glendale, Arizona will proceed with their City Manager recruitment since one of the final two candidates withdrew his application. Former Glendora Deputy City Manager Brenda Fischer is the last candidate currently. Brenda has been the Maricopa, Arizona City Manager for about two-years. Brenda has also served as the Director of General Services and Communications and Lobbying in North La Vegas, and as a Public Information Specialist for Henderson, Nevada.
Former California City Manager John Holmes, a former CCMF Board Member, who has also served as Casa Grande and Coconino County managers, is among the finalist for the Pinal County Manager post, vacated by the resignation of County Manager Fritz Behring, who resigned to become the Scottsdale, Arizona City