With 482 cities and 58 counties, it can be difficult to keep track of the frequent comings and goings of Public CEOs across the state. Here’s a brief list of the public employees that have made headlines over the past month.
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Murrieta has named Captain Sean Hadden as their next police chief. He will begin his role as chief on September 3. His promotion came after outgoing Police Chief Mike Baray was promoted to serve as chief district attorney investigator for Ventura County District Attorney Gregory D. Dotten.
Kelly Colopy has been hired as the new Health and Human Services Director for the City of Long Beach. Prior to her appointment, Colopy managed the public mental health network in Salt Lake County, UT. Colopy will be running one of only three city-operated local health jurisdictions in California.
Amidst bankruptcy proceedings, San Bernardino has hired Michal Valdivia as the new Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. He had previously worked for the Beaumont/Cherry Valley parks department.
Captain Jeffrey Kubel took over as the new Police Chief for the City of Temecula earlier this month. He was recommended for the position due to his “unique local community awareness and strong sense of pride and ownership for Temecula.”
The City of Needles has hired Rick Daniels as their new city manager. Daniels was formerly employed as the City Manager for Desert Hot Springs.
LAPD Commander Sharon Papa has been selected as the next Police Chief for Hermosa Beach after 17 years as a Metro police officer. After a background check, Papa will begin her duties October 1.
Earlier this month, Santa Ana tapped Pheonix City Manager David Cavazos to run the Orange County city of over 325,000 residents. The hiring made headlines across the state as Cavozos will collect a salary package over $500,000 including benefits.
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Sunnyvale City Manager Gary Luebbers will be retiring in October after working almost five years for the city. Prior to his job in the Bay Area city, Luebbers worked as the city manager for West Jordan, UT, and Redlands, CA. The Mayor has publicly commended him for his dedicated and successful efforts to restore service levels and leave the city a functioning and sound budget. Luebbers was also influential in implementing Sunnyvale Works, a program that allowed the city to accelerate the process of designing, contracting and constructing projects.
Lynwood City Manager Roger Haley retired on August 1. One of the councilmembers described Haley as “the best city manager that [Lynwood] has had in the last twenty years.” At 52 years old, Haley plans on staying active by working in the private sector.
San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus is set to retire in November after working for the city since 1987. Loftus first came to the Bay Area city as the Economic Development Manager. She was offered the position of city manager in 2008 and is credited with helping the city weather the financial downtown, overseeing the establishment of several new public safety stations, increasing volunteerism, and advancing the use of social media.
Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler will retire in January of 2014. He is the city’s first and only city manager as Rancho Cordova was incorporated in 2003. Speaking to his colleagues, Gaebler stated, “Some of the best moments in my professional life have been helping build the City of Rancho Cordova and working alongside each of you and our amazing staff.”