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Veteran City Manager G. Michael Milhiser has been appointed Interim City Manager in the City of Adelanto. Mike is a former City Manager in Upland and Ontario. Mike is also a former City Administrator in Montclair. He replaces Interim City Manager Cindy Herrera, who has returned to her City Clerk position. Since 2007 Mike has served as the Chief Administrative Office for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. He is also a Board member for the Monte Vista Water District in Montclair.

Ronald E. Bradley has been hired to serve as the Interim City Manager in Menifee. Ron is a former Temecula City Manager (1994-1998). He has worked as an Interim City Manager in Hemet and Murrieta. He also previously worked as a Senior Vice President for the Temecula Valley Bank.

Escondido City Manager Graham Mitchell has resigned effective in early March. City Attorney Jeffery Epp has been appointed Interim City Manager as a recruitment process goes forward. Assistant City Attorney Michael McGuiness will serve as Interim City Attorney. Prior to Graham’s service in Escondido, he served for 12-years as the City Manager in Lemon Grove, and three years in the City of Farmersville. He served as Escondido Assistant City Manager between June to December, 2015. He was named City Manager when Clay Phillips retired. Goleta Deputy City Manager

Kathleen Salguero Trepa has resigned effective February 23. She joined the Goleta staff as Deputy City Manager in June, 2015. She previously worked as the Director of Community Services for the City of Claremont (2012-2015), Public Works Manager in San Marcos (2006-2012), and as a Senior Analyst in San Marcos (1989-2000). She worked in the private sector between 2000 and 2006. Kathleen earned a BA from Boston University, College of Liberal Arts. She served as a Trauma Support Volunteer with the San Marcos Fire Department (2007-2012).

Loomis Town Manager Richard A. “Rick” Angelocci has resigned effective March 2, 2017 due to health issues, and the town is now recruiting for a new Town Manager. Rick started his public service career in 1981 with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. He served as the Assistant City Manager in South Lake Tahoe from 2008 to 2011, when he joined the Loomis staff as Town Manager. Veteran public manager Joan L. Phillipe is the Interim Town Manager. Joan retired as the Clearlake City Manager in 2015. She previously served as Town Manager in Loomis (1988-1997); Colusa, Colfax and Clearlake. Joan served as theExecutive Director for the California State Sheriff’s Association from 1997 until 2002.

Rio Vista City Manager Robert E. Hickey Jr. served as the City of Live Oak (1999-2007), City of Colusa (2007-2008) and Gridley (2008-2015). Bob served in the United States Air Force from 1974 until 1997. He earned a BS in Operations Management from Embry-Riddle University. Bob officially joined the Rio Vista staff as City Manager in June, 2016. Former Blue Lakes,

California City Manager John Berchtold (2010-2016), who currently lives in Harbor Beach, Michigan, has met with officials in the City of Jackson to assist them recruit a new City Manager. City Manager Michael S. Daly has retired early due to health issues. Mike began his career in Manhattan Beach in 1982 as an Administrative Intern. He served as the Manhattan Beach Administrative Services Director from 1994 until 1995 when he was hired to serve as City Manager in Rio Dell. He left there in 1999 when the City of Jackson selected him as their City Manager. Anyone interested in the Jackson City Manager position should contact Jackson City Hall.

Ian Appleyard is the Director of Human Resources for the City of Oakland. Prior to joining the Oakland staff Ian served as the Human Resources Director in the City of Emeryville. Ian has been a member of the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) since 2003. He joined the Board as a Member in 2015.

Steve Franks, 58, of the County of Orange is the new City Manager in Villa Park. Steve most recently worked as the Director of Community Resources for Orange County; a position he has held since 2008. He joined the county in the early 1980s. He takes the Villa Park position from City Manager Jared Hildenbrand, who left the city in October to become the La Habra Heights City Manager.

Since November, 2016, Alma K. Martinez has served as the City Manager in the City of Lynwood. She replaced Arnold Beltran. Alma is a former Compton Assistant City Manager.  Shanell Shipe is the currently Interim Assistant to the City Manager in Lynwood.

Folsom Communications Manager Christine Brainerd is the President-Elect on the 2015-2017 Board of Directors for the California Association for Public Information Officials (CAPIO). Prior to joining the Folsom staff as Communications Manager in January, 2015, Christine worked in the City of Elk Grove as Public Affairs Manager and Public Information Office for nearly 9-years.

Coachella Interim City Manager Bill Pattison, former Director of Finance, is now the Coachella City Manager. He will continue to serve as Finance Director too. He replaces former City Manager David Garcia, who announced his retirement in December. Prior to his 7-years of service as the Coachella Finance Director, Bill served as an Assistant Town Manager for Apple Valley (2007-2010) and Finance Director in Hemet (2000-2007).

Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi is one of the four featured ICMA City Managers addressing the question: “How do you stay involved with and helpful (but not annoying!) to elected officials?” in the March, 2017 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine. Checkout Oliver’s observations on Page 4 of the issue. Mark Risco, President and CEO of Willdan Financial Services was recognized with a CCMF award for his contribution to the city management craft. Retired Rosemead City Manager Frank G. Tripepi was also there representing Willdan. Frank is a Senior Vice President of the parent company. CCMF President Wade McKinney recognize Frank as the “Godfather of city managers.” Mark is a member of the CCMF Board of Trustees.

El Cajon Assistant City Manager Majed Al-Ghafry has been appointed to serve as the Assistant City Manager in Dallas, Texas. Majed is a registered civil engineer and worked as the Director of Public Works in San Antonio, Texas, Lemon Grove and North Las Vegas before joining the El Cajon staff as Assistant City Manager in 2013.

Retired veteran City Manager Richard D. Rowe did the classroom time and passed the tests for a pilot’s license after he became the age of 60. Then he actually bought an airplane. His flying hobby was added to his professional interest and expertise in model trains. After flying for some 10-years, he sold his plane, but he is still deeply involved in the model train hobby. Richard was born in October, 1941. He served as City Manager in La Palma (1981-1986); Chino (1986-1996); Needles (2000-2008, counting two years as “Interim”); Barstow (2008-2011, which counts 1-years as “interim”). He also served as the Interim City Manager in Canyon Lake (2012-2013).