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Jim Pruett, General Manager

Jim Pruett has been selected as the next General Manager for the San Mateo County Harbor District. Mr. Pruett has nearly 30 years in service to the United States, and comes to the District from the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, California, where he currently serves as Chief of Staff since 2017. He will begin in his new role on December 11, 2019.

Tess Lengyel, Executive Director

The Alameda County Transportation Commission has named Tess Lengyel as their next Executive Director. Ms. Lengyel has been with Alameda County in increasingly responsible roles since January, 2000. She has been serving as the Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Policy at the Alameda County Transportation Commission since 2013, and will begin in her new role on December 31, 2019.

Merry Monlux, Deputy City Clerk

Merry Monlux has been selected as the City of Hayward’s Deputy City Clerk. She most recently served as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Fremont. Ms. Monlux’s start date is October 30, 2019.

An Tran, Chief Deputy Director

An Tran has been selected to assume the role of Chief Deputy Director for the County of Orange Social Services Agency. Mr. Tran has worked with the County for over 20 years in increasingly responsible roles. He most recently served as the Division Director of Administrative Services with the County of Orange Social Services Agency. He began his new role on October 11, 2019.

Trameka Jewett, Emergency Management Coordinator

Trameka Jewett has been named as the next Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Missouri City, TX. Ms. Jewett comes to the City with 12 years' experience in Texas Emergency Management. She currently serves as the Regional Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (since 2013) and as Adjunct Instructor at the College of the Mainland (since 2017). She will begin in her new role on September 30, 2019.

Angela Colamaria, Chief Legal Counsel

The State of Montana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Angela Colamaria to assume the role of Chief Legal Counsel. Ms. Colamaria comes to the Department from the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she has served as the Infrastructure Permitting Team Lead since 2015. She will begin in her new role on November 18, 2019.

Ralph Wright, Director

The City of Banning has selected Ralph Wright as its next Director of Parks and Recreation. Mr. Wright is an experienced municipal executive with over 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the Parks and Recreation field. He comes to the City from the Town of Apple Valley, where he has served as Parks and Recreation Manager since 2009. He will begin his new role on September 23.

Maria Chavez-Vasquez, Deputy Director

Maria Chavez-Vasquez has been selected and has assumed the role of Deputy Director, Environmental Services - CIP for the City of San Jose. Ms. Chavez-Vasquez brings over 17 years of experience in the wastewater field in both the United States and Canada. She has worked with the City of San Jose Capital Improvement Program since 2012. She began her new role on August 25.

Kevin Berghaus, Fleet Manager

Kevin Berghaus has been selected as the next Fleet Manager for the Orange County Fire Authority. Before embarking on his new role, he served as the Fleet Manager of Corporate Operations for Young's Market Company in Tustin, CA. He began in his new role on September 3, 2019.

Anne Richman, Executive Director

The Transportation Authority of Marin has selected Anne Richman as its next Executive Director. Ms. Richman comes to the agency with nearly 20 years experience in the transportation field in the Bay Area. She is currently the Director of Programming and Allocation for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in San Francisco, CA, where she has served since 2007 in increasingly responsible roles. She will begin in her new role on October 1, 2019.

Chris Woods, Director

Chris Woods has been named the Director, Human Services Agency for San Joaquin County. Mr. Woods has over 20 years with the County, most recently serving as the Assistant Director of the Human Services Agency. He started in his new role in September.

Cindy Charan, Executive Director

Cindy Charan has been selected as the Executive Director, Personnel Commission of Alameda County Office of Education. Ms. Charan is a human resources professional with over 13 years of senior management experience. She most recently served as the Human Resources Director for the State Bar of California. Her start date is September 16th.

Katie Casey, Communications and Marketing Manager

The City of Oxnard has selected Katie Casey as their next Communications and Marketing Manager. Ms. Casey has worked for the past seven years in local government and brings more than 15 years of experience spearheading strategic communications campaigns. She will come to the City of Oxnard from the West Basin Municipal Water District, where she currently serves as Public Information Specialist II. She will begin in her new role on August 26.

John Glascock, City Manager

The City of Colombia has appointed John Glascock to the position of City Manager. Mr. Glascock has served as Columbia’s interim City Manager since November of 2018. Over his 16+ year career with the City, Glascock has served as Chief Engineer, Director of Public Works and, prior to his appointment as interim City Manager, Deputy City Manager for three years. During his tenure as interim City Manager he has appointed an interim Police Chief and addressed community concerns regarding the Police Department, reorganized the City Manager’s Office to gain efficiencies and focused on relationship building with City stakeholders. Prior to joining the City, Glascock had a 20-year engineering career with MoDOT. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and is a registered professional engineer. His appointment is effective immediately.

Miguel Bernal, Insurance and Risk Manager

The City of San Jose has selected Miguel Bernal to be their next <Insurance and Risk Manager. Mr. Bernal brings considerable experience in risk management and mitigation to the City. He most recently worked with the CorVel Corporation. He will begin in his new role on July 29, 2019.

Julie Nemes, Manager

Julie Nemes has been selected as the next Finance Manager for the Orange County Fire Authority. Ms. Nemes comes to Orange County with over 18 years of experience in public accounting, private accounting, financial consulting and municipal finance. She most recently served as the Treasury Manage/Finance Manager for the City of Santa Barbara Finance Department. She will begin in her new role on August 2, 2019.

Cindy Kim, Officer

LA Metro has selected Cindy Kim to assume the role of Chief Ethics Officer. Ms. Kim comes to LA Metro with over 18 years of legal, compliance and ethics experience and most recently served as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Florida Atlantic University. She will begin in her new role on August 26, 2019.

Mike Blondino, Administrator

Mike Blondino will start in his new role as District Administrator for the Carmichael Recreation and Park District on July 22. Mr. Blondino has almost 30 years of parks and recreation experience, most recently serving as Parks and Landscape Manager at the City of San Mateo.

Lonnie Spikes, Director

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has selected Lonnie Spikes as its next Human Resources Director. Mr. Spikes has many years of experience in State government, the private sector and the military most recently serving as the Talent Acquisition and Benefits Manager for Washington State Department of Licensing. His start date is July 16, 2019.

Patrick Zuroske, Assistant Director

Patrick Zuroske has been selected to serve as the next Assistant Director of General Services – Capital Projects and Facilities Management for the County of Santa Barbara. He will come to the County from the County of Marin where he has worked since 2014, most recently as the Capital Projects Division Manager. He will begin in his new role on July 29, 2019.

Yvette Rapose, Chief Communications Officer

LA Metro has named Yvette Rapose as their next Chief Communications Manager. Since January of this year, Ms.Rapose has served as the Interim Chief Communications Manager, and has worked with the organization since 2002. Her new role began on June 3, 2019.

Jon Cicirelli, Director

Jon Cicirelli has been named as the new Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for the City of San Jose. Mr. Cicirelli has worked for the City since 2003 in increasingly responsible roles and has served as the Acting Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services since August 2018. He formally assumed the role on June 25, 2019.

Veronica Rodriguez, Program Manager

The County of Imperial has appointed Veronica Rodriguez as its Director of Social Services. Ms. Rodriguez most recently served as Mental Health Program Manager for San Bernardino County. Her start date is July 8, 2019.

Jim de la Loza, Chief Planning Officer

Jim de la Loza has been appointed to the position of Chief Planning Officer for LA Metro. Mr. de la Loza is currently the Senior Vice President for HNTB Corporation and will begin in his new role with LA Metro on July 8, 2019.

Stephen Lau, General Counsel

The Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System has named Stephen Lau as their next General Counsel. Mr. Lau has served as the Assistant General Counsel for the California Department of Business Oversight since 2014, and will begin in his new role immediately.

Joan Malloy, City Manager

Joan Malloy has been named as the next City Manager for the City of Union City. Ms. Malloy has been with the City since 2004 in increasingly responsible roles, including Planner, Planning Manager, and Economic & Community Manager. She will transition to her new role on July 1, 2019.

Donald Paredez, Administrator

The City of Glendale has selected Donald Paredez to serve as their Housing Services Administrator. Mr. Paradez will come to the City from the Mobile Housing Board, where he serves as the Compliance & Operations Manager. He will begin in his new role on July 1, 2019.

Vicki Rios, Assistant City Manager

Vicki Rios has assumed the role of Assistant City Manager for the City of Glendale. Ms. Rios has been with the City serving as Budget & Finance Director since 2013. She moved to her new role on May 20, 2019.

Conrado Barzaga, Chief Executive Officer

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation has named Conrado Barzaga, MD to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Barzaga is a medically trained nonprofit leader who spent the past seven years as the president and CEO of the Center for Oral Health. Prior to that, Bárzaga served as a senior program officer for First 5 LA, vice-president for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and in various other leadership positions focusing on health education and public health. Throughout his career, he has developed and strengthened key partnerships with nonprofit providers, as well as state and local government agencies. He will begin in his new role on July 31, 2019.

Jaime Fontes, City Manager

As of May 1, 2019, Jaime Fontes has assumed the role of City Manager for the City of East Palo Alto. Ms. Fontes had most recently served as City Manager for the City of Greenfield, CA, managing seven City departments and the City Groundwater Sustainability Authority.

Becky Gligo, Director

The City of Tulsa has selected Becky Gligo for the position of Housing Policy Director. Ms. Gligo joined the City after serving as the Director of Portfolio Management for the Tulsa Public Schools. She assumed her new role on June 10, 2019.

Robin Young, Deputy Director

Robin Young has been selected by the City of Hayward as its next Deputy Director of Human Resources. Ms. Young has over 20 years of HR experience, most recently serving with the City of Alameda. Her start date is June 10th.

Michael O'Kelly, City Manager

The City of Bell Gardens has named Michael O'Kelly as their next City Manager. Mr. O'Kelly comes to the City with over 20 years of progressively responsible financial and administrative experience, and over 15 years of experience in executive management roles with government organizations. He currently serves as the City Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services for the City of Fullerton. He will begin in his new role on June 4, 2019.

Greg Weitzel, Director

The City of Las Vegas has named Greg Weitzel as their next Director of Parks and Recreation. Mr. Weitzel will come to the City from the City of Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he has been serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation since 2012. He will begin in his new role on July 3, 2019.

Detra Dillon, Procurement Administrator

The General Services Agency of Alameda County has selected Detra Dillon as their next Procurement Administrator. Ms. Dillon most recently served as the Manager of Purchasing for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). She starts in her new role on May 20th.

Sharon Landers, City Manager

The City of Carson has named Sharon Landers as their new City Manager. She joins the City with a wealth of experience, including 12 years as Assistant City Manager with the City of Irvine. Ms. Landers began in her new position on May 8, 2019.

Diane Rundles, Assistant Director

Diane Rundles has been named as Assistant HR Director for San Bernardino County. Ms. Rundles comes to the County from the County of Riverside, where she is currently serving as Deputy HR Director. She will begin with San Bernardino County in her new role on May 1.

Alan Gardner, General Manager

On April 1, Alan Gardner assumed the role of General Manager for the Valley of the Moon Water District. Mr. Gardner joined the District with significant experience, most recently with the Clearlake Oaks County Water District, where he served as General Manager since 2015.

Aaron Trott, General Manager

The East Contra Costa ‏Irrigation District (ECCID) has selected Aaron Trott to serve as their next General Manager. Mr. Trott comes to ECCID from the City of Modesto, where he has served as the Utilities Manager since 2000. He will begin at ECCID on April 15, 2019.

Armond Sarkis, CEO/Risk Manager

Armond Sarkis has been named as the next CEO/Risk Manager for the Yolo County Public Agency Risk Management Insurance Authority (YCPARMIA). Mr. Sarkis joins YCPARMIA after serving as the Risk Manager for the Conejo Valley Unifed School District since 2017. He begins in his new role on April 10, 2019.

Susan Parker, Assistant County Administrative Officer

Susan Parker started on March 28th in her new role as Assistant County Administrative Officer with Lake County, California. Ms. Parker has served as City Administrator of Elroy, Wisconsin; Town Manager of Crested Butte, Colorado and most recently as Town Administrator of Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

Therese McMillan, Executive Director

Therese McMillan has assumed the role of Executive Director for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Ms. McMillan embarks on this role with significant experience, including eight years as the Deputy Executive Director with MTC. She returned to MTC from her role as Chief Planning Officer with LA Metro since 2016.

Jill Keimach, Town Manager

The Town of Paradise Valley has named Jill Keimach as their next Town Manager. Ms. Keimach comes to Paradise Valley with significant experience in community development and management, most recently at the City of Alameda, where she served as City Manager. She will begin in her new role on May 20, 2019.

Marlene Garcia, Executive Director

Marlene Garcia has been selected for the position of Executive Director for the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Ms. Garcia will join CSAC after serving as the Manager, K-12 and Higher Education Strategic Initiatives Group since 2012. She will assume her new role with CSAC in May, 2019

David George, Chief Executive Officer

The Schools Excess Liability Fund (SELF) has named David George as their next Chief Executive Officer. Mr. George brings 27 years experience in the Risk Management industry to his new role at SELF, and comes to the organization from the San Francisco Unified School District/COE, where he has served at the Executive Director, Risk Management since 2008. He will begin in his new role in March, 2019

Patricia Song, Finance Director

Patricia Song has been named as the next Finance Director for the City of Garden Grove. Ms. Song brings over 15 years of professional experience working for cities comparable to Garden Grove, including her current role as the Manager of Fiscal SErvices for the City of Irvine. She will begin in her new role on April 29, 2019.

James Henderson, Director

The City of Bozeman, MT has selected James Henderson to be its next Director of Human Resources. Mr. Henderson most recently served as Human Resources/Risk Manager for Klamath County, Oregon. His start date is March 25th.

Aston Greene, Executive Officer

Aston Green has been selected as the next Executive Officer/Deputy Chief of System Security & Law Enforcement for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA METRO). Since 2019 Mr. Greene has served as the Major/Commander for the Office of System Security & Emergency Management with the Metropolitan Altanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Department. He will begin in his new role on April 8.

Tracy New, Director

Tracy New started her new role as the Director of Finance & Budget for the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission on February 18th. She has many years of finance and accounting experience, most recently serving as the Director of Business Service for the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District.

Lisa Plowman, Director

The County of Santa Barbara has named Lisa Plowman as their next Director of Planning and Development. Ms. Plowman comes to the County from the RRM Design Group, where she served as Office Leader and Planning Manager since 2013. She will begin in her new role on March 18.

Nahal Mogharabi, Director

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has named Nahal Mogharabi as their next Director of Communications. Ms. Mogharabi will join the District after serving as a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2009. She will begin in her new role in March 2019.

Stephen Ruger, City Clerk

The City of Aurora has appointed Stephen Ruger to the position of City Clerk. Mr. Ruger comes to the City from the City of Rio Rancho, where he served as City Clerk since 2012. He began his new role on January 14.

Anabelle Hernandez, Deputy Executive Officer

Anabelle Hernandez has been appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Officer for LA Metro. Ms. Hernandez comes to LA Metro from the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, where she has served as the Branch Chief of Surface and Rail Security Technology Transportation since 2009. She will begin in her new role on January 28.

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