With all the comings and goings in California local government, it can be hard to keep track of where your friends are or what’s happening in your neighboring municipalities. But Trackdown Management helps keep the state up-to-date with their newsletter.

PublicCEO presents Jack Simpson’s Picking Up the Pieces:

Placentia Assistant City Administrator Ken Domer has been selected to serve as the new Assistant City Administrator in Huntington Beach. Ken previously served as the City Manager in Villa Park.

Former Tulare Assistant City Manager Randy Murphy is the new City Administrator in Oroville. Randy will step into the position relieving Interim City Administrator Peter Cosentini.

Former Oroville City Administrator Harold G. Duffey resigned last summer to take the City Administrator post in Compton.

Longtime Redding civil engineer Frank Sawyer has died. He was the chief engineer on the Redding City Hall project.

Walnut Creek Assistant City Manager Lorie Tinfow has been selected to serve as the new City Manager in Pacifica. Lorie’s last day with Walnut Creek is September 13. Lorie joined the Walnut Creek staff in 2006, and previously served as the Administrative Services Director in Pleasanton.

According to City Manager Steve Harding, Jurupa Valley may seek to disincorporate by December if the Legislature fails to approve legislation that would restore funding to the city.

Less than a month after he was appointed to the Carson City Manager position, City Manager Sam Ghaly has been terminated. Sam replaced former City Manager David Biggs. Carson Director of Administrative Services Jackie Acosta will again serve in an Interim City Manager capacity. Sam has a long professional history as a Building & Safety Official.

Interim City Manager Ron Bradley reported that the Hemet City Council will interview six final candidates for their City Manager position. Former City Manager Brian Nakamura is the Chico City Manager, and former Assistant City Manager Mark Orme is the Chico Assistant City Manager.

Siskiyou County, a northern most California county, is interested in seceding from the State of California. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to pursue secession action.

Grass Valley City Administrator Daniel C. Holler has resigned to seek new opportunities in either the public or private sectors. Dan has served as the Grass Valley City Administrator for the past 5 and a half years. Dan began his career with executive positions in Glendora and West Covina. He is a former Budget & Fiscal Officer, and County Manager in Douglas County, Nevada. The year Dan joined the Grass Valley staff (2008) he was the recipient of a 20-year ICMA Service Award. Dan is a past President of the Local Government Managers Association of Nevada (2004-2006).

Bob Murray and Associates is assisting the City of Chino Hills with their recruitment to fill City Manager Mike Fleager’s position. Mike was appointed City Manager in February, 2009 following City Manager Doug La Belle’s retirement. Mike plans to retire this year at the end of November.

Mount Shasta’s new City Manager Paul Eckert is on the job. Paul replaced City Manager Ted Marconi, who retired. Paul is the former City Manager in Sioux City, Iowa. Paul and his wife Julie have two sons who are now students at Mount Shasta High School. His son Ben is a senior and Reed is a freshman.

Benicia City Manager Brad Kilger is the 2013 President of the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities.

Berkeley City Manager Christine Daniel has been addressing issue surrounding the sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office building to the University of California. A citizen group opposes the sale, and opposition includes an encampment on the post office grounds.

Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile, appointed in April, 2012, has announced her plans to retire effect October 14. Laurie previously served as the Assistant City Manager in Palmdale. She said that she and her husband plan to move to Nevada.

Word is that former Commerce City Administrator and HdL Companies Founder Robert Hinderliter, is relocating his residence to Seal Beach near the Main Street area.

Laguna Woods Interim City Manager Christopher Macon, 27, has become the youngest City Manager in an Orange County city. He has been appointed City Manager three weeks after the retirement of City Manager Leslie Keane. He previously work on the Claremont City staff. He joined the Laguna Woods staff in 2007 and has been serving as the Public Safety Director.

Redondo Beach City Manager Bill Workman has announced the appointment of Kym Vieira as the city’s new Director of Human Resources. Kym previously worked for Stanislaus County. She earned a BA in Criminal Justice and an MPA from California State University, Stanislaus .

Willits City Manager Adrienne Moore has been dealing with a problem with the Willits city water. The city continues to receive calls regarding poor taste and odor of the water. Adrienne assures waters users that the water is safe to drink.

Retired Pico Rivera City Manager Dennis Courtemarche and his wife Kathy were seen visiting Washington D.C. this past month.

Rio Vista is operating with its 3rd Interim City Manager since City Manager Hector De La Rosa’s contract was not renewed in June, 2012. Interims have included Roger Wong, Joseph Tanner and Joseph Tanner Jr., who is a candidate for the permanent appointment. Roger went traveling with his retired wife, Joe ran out of PERS hours, and Joe Jr. is currently minding the store.

Stephen Compton has served as the Colton Interim City Manager since April, 2013. He began his career in 1977 as a Police Officer, and he has worked in a number of Finance Department posts, including Finance Director in Indio (1999-2002), Soledad (2009-2010), and Fountain Valley (2011-2012). He is the Principal/Owner of the consultant firm: Compton & Associates (2010 to the present).