Trackdown Management’s City Manager Newsletter: Volume No. 13, Issue No. 11

Trackdown ManagementFor over 13 years, Jack Simpson’s Trackdown Management has published the City Manager Newsletter. Jack is a retired city manager and former Willdan executive. His newsletter content weaves together the personal side of the profession in California and helps keep the city manager community, especially retired city managers, connected with each other. 

Auburn City Manager Bob Richardson is scheduled to retire in August, and Winters City Manager John Donlevy will be the next Auburn City Manager. John has served the past 18 and a half year as the Winters City Manager. Prior to that John was the Assistant City Manager in Grand Terrace for 7- years. John began his public service career as an Administrative Intern in the City of Pico Rivera in 1984. He was promoted to Administrative Assistant in 1986, and in 1989 he went to the City of Dana Point to serve as Assistant to the City Manager. He earned a BA from Whittier College and an MPA from California State University, Long Beach. John received a 35-year ICMA Service Award in 2019.

Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica named Linda Tatum to the Assistant City Manager position. Linda previously served as the Director of Development Services. She joined the Long Beach city staff as the Planning Bureau Manager in 2015, and she was appointed Director of Development Services in 2018. Prior to coming to Long Beach Linda worked in Economic and Community Development in the City of Inglewood. She also previously worked for Culver City and the City of Santa Ana. Linda earned a BA in government and an MS in urban and regional planning from Florida State University.

Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen recommends a local sales tax measure for the November ballot in Oxnard. The suggestion is to increase the sales tax by 1.5 cents for local purposes. The COVID-19 pandemic caused recession is challenging local budgets statewide.

Raymond L. Meador served as the City Administrator in the City of Carson between 1982 and 1985, He had previously served as the Assistant City Manager and Planning Director in San Rafael (1973-1982), and before that he was a Burbank Administrative Analyst. Ray is a past President of MMANC (1976-1977). After serving as the Interim City Manager in Chino (1985- 1986), Ray went into private business. He earned a BA from Little Rock, University, and an MPA from the University of Kansas.

Teresa Shartel Chandler is a public health professional. Teresa began her public service career as a Program Manager with the Mayor’s Office in the City of Los Angeles in August 2008, working on gang reduction and youth development. Between 2010 and 2015 Teresa worked in a position with an organization dedicated to serving children in Watts and South Los Angeles. In May 2015 she went to work as a Homeless Services Officer in the Health and Human Service Department of the City of Long Beach. While in that post and continuing to today, Teresa serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Concordia University in Irvine. In May 2015 she became the Manager of the Human Services Bureau, and in October 2019 she added the responsibilities of serving as a Long Beach Deputy City Manager. Teresa earned a BA in psychology and a Master’s in public health from the San Francisco State University.

We accidentally uncovered a 1985 enrollment list of participants at a I-110 Freeway Transit Construction, Harbor Freeway Corridor advisory group that includes this group of city managers: E. Fredrick Bien, City Administrator, Carson; Craig A. McDowell, City Manager, Gardena; Morris Vance, City Administrator, Lomita; Edward J. Ferraro, City Manager, Torrance; Harry R. Peacock, City Manager, Rolling Hills Estates; Teena Clifton, City Manager, Rolling Hills; John E. Dever, City Manager, Long Beach; Leonard Wood City Manager, Rancho Palos Verdes; Robert Vollmer, City Manager, Palos Verdes Estates; and Robert L. Riley, City Manager, Redondo Beach.

Scott Valley Administrative Services Director Anthony McFarlane worked as the Saratoga Finance Manager between 2014 and 2018, and as the Pacific Grove Finance Director from 2007 to 2013.

Retired longtime Executive Director of the California Contract Cities Association Sam Olivito has been tapped to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the Independent Cities Association (ICA).

Retired Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce’s daughter Madeline Joyce graduated with a BS from Arizona State University.

Retired Millbrae City Manager Marcia Raines, a past President of the City Managers’ Department of the League of California Cities, has a public management consultant firm, Public Sector Services, that may be contacted at telephone No. 650-259-2332.

Ron Molendyk was appointed Perris Interim City Manager in February 2000.