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PublicCEO presents Jack Simpson’s Picking Up the Pieces.
At its meeting next week, Lodi City Council Members will consider appointing Interim City Manager Steve Schwabauer to be the Lodi City Manager. Steve has served as the Interim City Manager since former City Manager Rad Bartlam left to take the Chino Hills City Manager position. Steve has worked with Lodi since 2000, first as a Deputy City Attorney and then in 2007 he was appointed City Attorney. The Council will also consider appointing Janice Magdich City Attorney. She has served in an interim capacity since Steve took the interim City Manager post.
Kenneth H. Smith served as the Richmond City Manager starting in August, 1967 and is still list there in the 1977-1978 ICMA Director of Members. Prior to joining the Richmond staff, Ken worked as an Assistant to the City Manager in Monterey from 1949 to December, 1950; and then City Manager of El Cerrito from 1950 to June, 1967. Ken served as the President of the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities in 1970-1971. He earned an AB from Stanford University and an MA from the University of California.
Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck placed Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh on paid administrative leave for expressing discriminatory views on homosexuals, Muslims and others. Pasadena is one of three California cities that maintains its own health department. Pasadena will continue its investigation while Dr. Walsh is on leave.
Whittier and San Pablo are the only California cities among the 25-finalist in the 2014 All-America City Award competition. The award is presented by the National Civic League at its annual conference; this year in Denver, Colorado, June 13-15. Jeff Collier is the Whittier City Manager and the San Pablo City Manager is Matt Rodriquez.
Dublin Interim City Manager Chris Foss is dropping the “Interim” from the title he has had since the retirement of City Manager Joni Pattillo, and Dublin Economic Development Director Linda Smith has been appointed to the Dublin Assistant City Manager position. Linda has been with the Dublin staff since 2009. Alameda Community Development Director Lori Taylor will join the Dublin staff as the Economic Development Director. Lori also previously worked as the Fremont Economic Development Director.
Newcomb Williams Financial Group Senior Vice President Janees Williams earned a BA in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. She served as a Vice President with Kinsell, Newcomb & De Dios, Inc. for better than 11-years between 2000 and January, 2012. Former
Grand Terrace City Manager Betsy Adams is the new Moreno Valley Parks and Community Services Director. She served in the position on an interim basis since May 10. She left her Grand Terrace post in January. Previous to serving in Grand Terrace she worked for Moreno Valley for about 20-years in various capacities, including Assistant City Manager.
Selma City Manager D-B Heusser, 71, has announced his retirement effective July 1. D-B has served as the Selma City Manager for about 14-years. Prior to taking the City Manager post in 2000, he had served as the Selma Economic Development Director.
Former MuniFinancial and Willdan Financial Services official Lee Evett is currently the Public Works Director of Okeechobee County, Florida. Valerie Kushnerov, Goleta Public Information Officer, has been selected to receive the inaugural “Communicator of the Year” Award presented by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). The award is presented to the individual who demonstrates exceptional abilities, skills and talents in leading their organization to greater and more successful communications and public engagement.
Dan Singer is the Goleta City Manager.
Former Morgan Hill Utilities Business Manager Jimmy E. Forbis is the new Finance Director in Monterey appointed by new City Manager Mike McCarthy. Jimmy will replace former Finance Director Don Rhoads, who left in March to take the Beverly Hills Finance Director post. Jimmy has been with Morgan Hill since 2007, and before that he worked for San Mateo County and Los Altos Hills. He is a U. S. Navy veteran.
Cristina Shore, the newest member of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA) staff through Olivito & Associates is a graduate of Downey’s Warren High School. Prior to joining the CCCA staff Cristina worked for an escrow company in Orange County. Oakland International Airport Director of Aviation
Deborah Ale Flint was among the three finalist for the Atlanta Airport General Manager position. San Diego Assembly Member Toni Atkins has been elected to replace Speaker John Perez of Los Angeles as the Speaker of the Assembly.
Bernadette Lovato, the District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Carson City District Office, has be selected to serve as the new Superintendent for the Manzanar National Historic Site in California starting in June. She will replace former Superintendent Les Inafuku, who retired. Manzanar National Historic Site was established in 1992 to preserve the stories of the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
In 1977 during the time the late-John D. Goss served as City Manager in the City of Alameda. Ronald D. Creagh served as Assistant City Manager. In 1982 Ron was appointed City Manager in El Cerrito, and in 1988 he was appointed to the La Mesa City Manager post. In 1991 Ron served as the Interim City Manager in Carpinteria, and he served as the Assistant City Manager in Palmdale between 1993 and 1997. Ron filed for his CalPERS retirement in 2000. Ron earned an MS from California State University, Long Beach. His last known address was in Las Vegas, Nevada.
City Managers noted in attendance at the April, 2014 meeting of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA) in Diamond Bar, include: Bob Wishner, Walnut; Jim DeStefano, Diamond Bar; Mike Egan, Norwalk; and Mark Alexander, La Cañada Flintridge. We were awaiting a picture of the birthday celebration for La Cañada Flintridge Senior Management Analyst II.