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PublicCEO presents Jack Simpson’s Picking Up the Pieces.
Alhambra Chief of Police Mark Yokoyama, 48, has been selected to succeed retired City Manager Mary Swink. Mark has 29-years of law enforcement experience beginning in La Palma when he was 21-years old. He joined the Alhambra Police Department in 2011 as its first Asian Police Chief.
Covina City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller has been dismissed. Andrea joined the Covina staff as City Manager in March, 2015. Prior to Covina Andrea worked as an Executive Director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (2013-2015), San Bernardino City Manager (2011- 2013), and La Mirada City Manager (2001-2008). Andrea is an Attorney and served with a law firm between 2008 and 2011.
Indio City Manager Dan Martinez has appointed P J. Gagajena to replace Public Information Officer Jason Chan, who recently accepted a position with the City of Stockton. P J earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Master’s Degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University. He has worked for the Cities of New York, and Torrance, California, as well as, on the staff of California State Assembly Member George Nakano. He most recently work with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Guadalupe City Administrator Andrew Carter, 59, has submitted his resignation effective July 1, after serving in the position for a little more than 3-years. Andrew is a former San Luis Obispo City Council member. In Guadalupe, he also served in the capacities of Public Works Director, Utilities Director, Human Resources Officer, Information Technology Director, and other functions.
Longtime Gardena City Manager Mitchell Lansdell will retire later this year, and Gardenia Chief of Police Edward Medrano has been offered the City Manager position when Mitch steps down. Ed has served as Chief since 2007. Starting in 2009 Ed also took on the Community Development Director position in an interim roll. He has also worked as the Director of the Public Works Department. Mitch has served as the Gardena City Manager since 1998 when former City Manager Ken Landau was dismissed. Mitch has been with the city 31-years.
Canyon Lake City Manager Aaron Palmer previously served as the City Administrator in Highland City, Utah (2013-2015). Between 2007 and 2013, Aaron worked as the Deputy City Manager in Adelanto. Prior to his Adelanto service, Aaron worked as the Assistant City Manager in Patterson (October,2006-June, 2007). He has also held positions in Big Bear Lake, San Carlos and San Bernardino.
Barstow Finance Director Cindy Prothro has been promoted to Assistant City Manager. Cindy has taken the ACM post vacated about a year and a half ago when Oliver Chi left to become the City Manager in Monrovia. Cindy has held finance department positions in Visalia, Lancaster and Hesperia. She joined the Barstow staff in February, 2011 and she was appointed Finance Director in August, 2011.
Chris Jordan, City Manager in West Linn, Oregon, has been appointed Interim City Manager for the City of Los Altos to fill in behind the resignation of City Manager Marcia Somers. Chris has served as the West Linn City Manager for 10-years. Prior to that he worked 10-years for Lake Oswego, Oregon, the last 5-years as Assistant City Manager. In 1999 he served as the Interim City Manager for Oregon City, Oregon for six-months .Marcia has served as the Los Altos City Manager since April, 2012.
Retired Anaheim City Manager Dave Morgan, who works for an executive recruiting firm, is working with the City of Palm Desert to find a new City Manager. In the meantime retired Palm Desert staffer Justin McCarthy is serving as Interim City Manager. Dave works with Ralph Anderson & Associates, and will be recruiting to fill the City Manager post vacated by the retirement of City Manager John Wohlmuth.
Sue Tsuda was the first Town Manager in Yucca Valley. The story goes that the day she was appointed in Yucca Valley the town experienced a 7.6 earthquake. Sue earned an MPA from California State University, Long Beach and a BA from California State University, Fullerton. There is a profile on Sue in the December, 2010 issue of the City Manager Newsletter by Trackdown.