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PublicCEO presents Jack Simpson’s Picking Up the Pieces.
Former Corcoran City Manager Ron Hoggard, who previously served as the Assistant City Manager in Lemoore for about 10-years, is the new Lemoore Interim City Manager. Ron served briefly as the Interim City Manager in Hanford in 2012 before resigning to focus on his campaign for the Kings County Board of Supervisors, which was unsuccessful.
Paso Robles City Manager Jim App, 63, has announced that he will retire effective December 30 from the position he has held for the past 18-years. Longtime Paso Robles Community Development Director Ed Gallagher will also retire in December.
West Covina Assistant City Manager Mike Lee is joining the Moreno Valley city staff in their Community and Economic Development Department. Mike has been with West Covina for the past 15-years. He submitted his resignation to Interim City Manager Tom Mauk. Former
West Hollywood City Manager Paul D. Brotzman (1985-1996) is currently a resident of Hilo, Hawaii. Paul served as the Director of Community Development starting in 2005, and retired from that post in 2012. Retired Lancaster City Manager Jim Gilley calls Henderson, Nevada home these days.
East Palo Alto Interim City Manager Carlos Martinez has been offered the position on a permanent basis. He has served as the Interim City Manager since October, 2014. Carlos previously worked in Economic Development for the City of Hayward.
Ukiah City Manager Jane Chambers has announced that she plans to resign effective in June, 2015. She is relocating with her family to the Bay Area. Her husband Michael works for a San Francisco architecture firm. Jane is an ICMA credentialed manager. She earned a BA from California State University, Northridge and an MPA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Jane has held positions in San Bruno, Daly City, Chico and Burbank, as well as, working for two Minnesota cities.
City Manager Jim Hardy of Foster City will retire at the end of June, and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Miller, 56, will step up to be the new City Manager. Kevin has been with the City of Foster City for the past 29-years. He has served in his current position 22-years.
City Manager Lawrence M. Moore, Contra Costa County’s first African American City Manager, who served as the Richmond City Manager from 1987 to 1993, died in June, 1999 following a heart attack at the age of 54 in Compton, where he served as City Manager. After leaving Richmond in 1993 Larry took the City Manager position in Milpitas. He was appointed City Manager in Compton in 1998. Larry earned a BS from the University of Nevada and an MPA from the University of Southern California (USC).
Carson City Manager Nelson Hernandez has been dismissed. Nelson had only been on the job for the past 9-months. He is the 3rd City Manager to serve Carson in the past 20-months. Carson’s previous City Manager Sam Ghaly was terminated less than a month after he was appointed in August, 2013. He was replaced by City Manager David Biggs, who was dismissed in June, 2013 after less than 2-years. Former Administrative Services Director Jackie Acosta, served as Interim City Manager between Ghaly and Hernandez. She was placed on administrative leave and then terminated. Assistant City Manager Cecil Rhambo will serve as Acting City Manager until another City Manager is recruited.
Sacramento City Manager John F. Shirey received the 2015 League of California Cities’ City Managers’ Department Wes McClure Award of Distinction. The award honors a City Manager’s excellence in career service, leadership, ethics, expertise and innovation in the field of city management. Former Rancho Cordova City Manager Ted Gaebler received the award in 2014.
Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould has retired and Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek is the Acting City Manager until a new City Manager is selected.
Retired Vista City Manager Rita Geldert, who served as the long-time President of the California City Management Foundation, is doing well following a 15-hour surgical procedure. It is hopefully the last of many surgeries Rita has endured in the past few years. It is reported that doctors say that all went well.
Rancho Cucamonga Assistant City Manager Linda Daniels was presented with the prestigious John H. Nail Award at the 2015 Annual City Managers’ Department Meeting in San Francisco. The award is presented annually for excellence as an assistant in city government. Linda joined the Rancho Cucamonga staff in 1983 as an Assistant City Planner. She is primarily responsible for building the Rancho Cucamonga Redevelopment Agency into one of the top 10 RDAs in the State as an economic development tool. Linda was appointed Assistant City Manager in September, 2011.
Ross City Manager Rob Braulik has been selected to serve as the new City Manager in Martinez. Rob is a past winner of the John H. Nail Award. Since the resignation of City Manager Phil Vince in October 2013, there have been several Interim City Managers in Martinez, including: Anna Gwyn Simpson, Jim Jakel and most recently Assistant City Manager Alan Shear. Phil is currently the City Manager in Point Arena.
Gilroy Finance Director Cindy Murphy has been selected to serve as the Morgan Hill Assistant City Manager for Administrative Services. Cindy earned a BA and MBA from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She is scheduled to start with Morgan Hill City Manager Steve Rymer on February 9.
Camarillo City Manager Bruce Feng has been rewarded for his professional service with a compensation increase. Bruce joined the Camarillo city staff 10-years ago. He served as Assistant City Manager for 5-years and was elevated following City Manager Jerry Bankson‘s retirement.
Retired South Lake Tahoe City Manager David Jinkens is the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe. David is a Life Member of ICMA. He served as City Manager/Administrator in Soledad (1974-1977), Oroville (1977-1982), Avalon (1982-1983), Manteca (1983-1996), Morgan Hill (1996-2000), Elk Grove (2000-2001) and South Lake Tahoe (2002-2010). David received a 35-year ICMA Service Award in 2008.
Banning expects its recruitment for a new City Manager to take as long as 6-month more. Interim City Manager Jim Smith, 54, is the City’s 3rd temporary City Manager since March, 2014. Jim took over in early January from Deputy City Manager June Overholt. Jim teaches political science at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa.
Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins has appointed Gilbert Garcia to serve as the Finance and Technology Director for the city. Former Finance Direct Jay Panzica is the new Roseville Chief Financial Officer and former Assistant Finance Director Rudolph Livingston has been appointed to the Ojai Finance Director post. Gilbert was the Administrative Services Director in Lincoln for the past 9-months or so, and prior to that he was with the Oakland city staff for about 8-years; most recently as the Deputy Budget Director in the Police Department. He was with the City Of Stockton for the 9-years prior to that.
Doug Wilmore, 54, will leave the City of Bell at the end of February to take the City Manager position in Rancho Palos Verdes. Doug is a native of Washington, D.C. He previously served as the City Manager in El Segundo, and prior to that he was the Chief Administrative Officer in Salt Lake County, Utah.
Retired Seaside Chief of Police Tony Sollecito will take over for King City‘s Interim Chief Dennis Hegwood, who left the post in December. City Manager Michael Powers notes that the city will be meeting to discuss the future of the King City Police Department. Tony has previously worked closely with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, which could be key going forward as King City considers a potential long-term police services agreement with the department.
Tim Kerr is the former City Manager of Livingston (1990-1998), Ceres (1998-2005) and Turlock (2005-2012). Tim served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Stockton Alliance between May, 2010 and November, 2012. Tim contends that he has been semi-retired for the past couple of years; and nearly a professional San Francisco Giants’ fan.
Long Beach Council Member Stacy Mungo works in Project Management for the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor. Stacy worked as an Administrative Services Manager for Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services between April, 2010 and December, 2013. She took the Assessor’s Office position in January, 2014. Stacy served as the President of the LA Metro Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). She earned a BA from California State University, Fullerton and an MPA from the University of Southern California (USC). Stacy in a Lakewood High School graduate.