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PublicCEO presents Jack Simpson’s Picking Up the Pieces.

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Former Placentia City Administrator Troy L. Butzlaff has been appointed City Manager in Azusa. Troy was appointed in Placentia in May, 2008. He had served as the Assistant City Manager in Palm Springs prior to that. He earned a BA and MPA from the University of La Verne. Troy will take over from Interim City Manager Don Penman on February 17.

Matthew J. Brower, 47, has been selected to serve as the Lincoln City Manager replacing City Manager Jim Estep, who retired last August. Bill Zenoni has been serving as the Lincoln Interim City Manager. Matt is a former City Manager in Ocala, Florida and Santa Clara, Utah, and previously served as the Assistant City Manager in Newman, Georgia.

Former La Mirada and San Bernardino City Manager Andrea Travis Miller has been appointed City Manager in Covina. Since February, 2013 Andrea has served as the Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. Andrea is also an attorney. Covina Chief of Police Kim Raney has been doubling as the Interim City Manager since December 3.

Former Riverside official Jim Smith is the new City Manager in Banning. Jim served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George County in Maryland prior to returning to California in 2000 when he joined the Riverside staff as a Budget Director. In Riverside he later served as the General Manager for Utilities and as Director of Parks and Recreation. He served as the Interim City Manager in 2006. In 2006-2007 he worked as the Oakland Budget Director. Since then he has served as a consultant, and Adjunct Professor at San Bernardino Valley College, where he continues to work.

Former Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams has requested the city pay him severance pursuant to his former employment agreement. The agreement provides that if he resigns from his position, he is not entitled to severance. The question is now was he dismissed or did he resign? Bob McFall has been appointed Interim City Manager. Steve had been placed on paid administrative leave.

Livingston Assistant City Manager Odi Ortiz, 42, is the new Interim City Manager, replacing Livingston City Manager Jose Ramirez, who resigned last month. Odi also serves as the city’s Finance Director.

Former Bell Gardens City Manager John A. Ornelas is the new Interim City Manager in Huntington Park. City Manager Rene Bobadilla left the post to become the City Manager in Pico Rivera.

San Rafael City Manager Nancy Mackle, 56, has announced that she will retire effective July 31, 2015. Nancy joined the San Rafael staff some 18-years ago. She served as the Economic Development Director and a Deputy City Manager prior to being appointed City Manager in 2011. She previously worked for the Cities of Pinole, Emeryville and Fremont. Nancy earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Two days after his 61st birthday the Santee City Council dismissed City Manager Keith Till. He was placed on administrative leave beginning last May 15. Pedro Orso-Delgado, Santee Deputy City Manager/Director of Development Services, was appointed Acting City Manager. No reasons were given for the dismissal. Keith was the Santee City Manager for nearly 14-years. Keith previously served as the Seal Beach City Manager for 5-years, leaving there in August, 2000. Previous to that he was the San Marino City Manager, and prior to that he was part of the Lancaster executive staff. Keith’s wife Cathy Till is the Finance Director in Lemon Grove.

Retired City Manager Brock Arner‘s daughter Melanie Arner Corona continues to serve as a Coordinator for the Gilroy Downtown Business Association. She is no longer with Management Partners in San Jose. While with Piper Jaffray from 2004 to 2012, Melanie was the main planner and coordinator for the first few CCMF Member Appreciation Dinners. Melanie earned an MA from Sonoma State University.

Colma Director of Recreation Services Brian Dossey joined the Colma staff in November, 2003. Previous to that Brian served as the Recreation Services Supervisor in San Bruno. The Colma-Daly City Chamber of Commerce presented Brian with the Golden Apple Award in August, 2009.

Seal Beach City Manager Jill Ingram earned a BS in business administration and an MPA from California State University, Long Beach. She served as the City Clerk in Cypress from May, 2000 until June, 2006 when she was appointed Clerk of the Orange County Fire Authority. She joined the Seal Beach staff in 2008 as the Assistant to the City Manager; became Assistant City Manager in 2001 and was appointed City Manager in July, 2011. Starting in August, 2013, Jill continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach.