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Assistant City Manager Jeremy Craig has been appointed Interim City Manager in Vacaville with the retirement of City Manager Laura Kuhn. He has served as the ACM since June, 2015. Laura recommended him for the Interim City Manager assignment.

Pacifica City Manager Lorie Tinfow has been selected to be the next Benicia City Manager replacing City Manager Brad Kilger, who is now the Martinez City Manager. Lorie previously served as the Assistant City Manager in Saratoga and Walnut Creek, and before that she was the Administrative Services Director in Pleasanton (2005-2006).

City Manager Patricia E. Martel of Daly City was recognized for her contribution to the city management craft by the California City Management Foundation (CCMF). Indian Wells City Manager Wade McKinney, CCMF President, presented Pat with the award at a special Awards Luncheon at the 2017 League of California Cities City Managers Department meeting in Monterey. Pat is a past-ICMA President.

Lodi City Manager Steve Schwabauer teamed with League of California Cities lobbyist Dane Hutchings to break down the State’s public pension crisis at the League’s quarterly Board meeting in his city. Dane earned a Master’s Degree in Public policy analysis from the New England College, and a BA from California State University, Sacramento. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC). Steve replaced former Lodi City Manager Rad Bartlam, when Rad left to be the Chino Hills City Manager. Steve, a native of Ventura, previously served as the Lodi City Attorney.

Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett is one of the newest “Commanders” in the Edwards Air Force Base Honorary Base Commanders Program. The program pairs Honorary Commanders with real Air Force Commanders. Greg will serve a two-year term and is paired with Lt. Col. Paul Calhoun, who commands the 418th Flight Test Squadron. The goal is to give the honorary personnel a better understand of how the base functions.

Newport Beach Administrative Support Specialist Brittany Ramirez has been with the city since October, 2013. She started with Newport Beach in the Planning Division, and is now providing support in the Public Works Department. She worked as a Senior Typist Clerk in Buena Park from 2008 and 2010. Brittany earned a BA from California State University, Long Beach, and an MS in higher education from California State University, Fullerton.

Retired Rocklin City Manager Carlos Urrutia (1984-2010) was contacted by ICMA while he was traveling in Cuba. He was invited to Guatemala to speak to a convention of Central American Mayors (Alcaldes) about the City Manager form of government. Guatemala is Carlos’ home country so he was able to visit with family while there. His experience in Guatemala adds to his other opportunities to participate professionally in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Argentina. Carlos says that these opportunities have been “enjoyable and professional rewarding…” Carlos in a retired ICMA Credentialed Manager, and a Life ICMA Member.

Diana Tang is the Manager of Government Affairs in the Long Beach City Manager’s office. She serves as the City’s local, state and federal government relations manager for all City departments except the Harbor and Water Departments.

Robert L. Wynn served as a City Manager in Imperial Beach (1958-1968), Coronado (1968-1971), and Newport Beach (1971-1991). He worked as a Municipal Management Consultant from 1991 to 2005. Bob was the first full time City Manager in the newly incorporated City of Imperial Beach. Bob earned a BA and an MPA from San Diego State University. In 1988 he received a 30-year ICMA Service Award. Bob underwent a successful heart transplant surgery in 1966 while he was with Imperial Beach. He was born on May 25, 1931 and passed away on November 30, 2013.