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.

January’s Volume 1 can be read here.

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Orinda City Manager Janet Keeter, 55, will retire in February. She will have served 11-years as the Orinda City Manager. News writer Jennifer Modenessi points out that: “Her departure follows the retirement of Charles Swanson, the city’s former director of public works and engineering, and the resignations of former Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Lacey, former city clerk Michele Olsen and former Planning Director Emmanuel Ursu, who left last year.” Janet is not planning to work for another community. She has been with Orinda since 2005. She has previously served as Deputy City Manager in Lodi, and Economic Development Manager in Tracy.

Manteca City Manager Elena Reyes was placed on paid administrative leave on November 29. Elena was appointed City Manager only 5-months ago. Her employment agree does not allow the city to terminator until 90-days following a city election. No reason was given for this action.

In November [better late than never] Wendy Tyler resigned as the County Administrative Officer of Trinity County, California to accept the County Administrator position in Colusa County. She joined the Trinity County staff 15-years ago. She served as CAO during the last four years.

Morro Bay City Manager David Buckingham was among the final five candidates for the Whitefish, Montana City Manager position. He was appointed to the Morro Bay position in 2014 after military service. He was not selected for the Montana position.

Former City Manager David A. Caretto completed two-years as Mayor of the City of Big Bear Lake in December. Prior to serving on the Big Bear Lake City Council, Dave served 4-years as the General Manager of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). Between 1996 and 2001 he was the General Manager of the Aliso Water Management Agency. David served as City Manager in Irwindale (1992 -1996) and City Manager in Signal Hill (1978-1984). He was the Pico Rivera Assistant City Manager from 1984 to 1992. Listed in the 1998-1999 Who’s Who in Local Government

Management at the Firebaugh City Manager position is L. Keyth Durham, who was appointed to the post in 1991. When the late Signal Hill Mayor and Council Member Ellen Ward, who retired from Santa Ana, worked on the Hawaiian Gardens city staff with Lynn Keyth Durham she gave him the nickname “Bull;” a takeoff on the Bull Durham movie.

Retired American Canyon City Manager Richard Ramirez, who founded Interim Public Management Services (IPMS) in June, 2011, served as the Interim City Manager in Auburn from January, to May, 2014. Rich may be contacted at telephone no. (916) 769-7598. He started his public management career in South El Monte in 1975. He served as City Manager in Lincoln, Paso Robles, Hemet and American Canyon, as well as holding an Assistant Manager post in Sacramento. Rich earned a BA from Humboldt State University, where he played on the Men’s Soccer Team, and he earned an MPA from the University of Southern California (USC).

Ryder Smith, the Founder of Tripepi Smith & Associates, is a member of the Board of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College.