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Recent Placements


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.

Clifford Cross, Director

The City of University City has selected Clifford Cross as their next Director of Planning & Development. Mr. Cross comes to University City from the City of South Padre, Texas, where he has served as their Planning Director since February 2017. He will begin in his new role on February 4.

Jay McAmis, Deputy Director

The City of San Jose has selected Jay McAmis as their next Deputy Director of Emergency Management. Mr. McAmis has served as the Senior Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services since 2017. He will begin in his new role on January 2.

Robert Ruiz, Manager

Robert Ruiz has been appointed to the position of Administrative Services Manager for the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District. Mr. Ruiz comes to the District from the City of Wasco, where he served as the Director of Finance since 2017. He will begin in his new role on December 17.

Aaron Holmberg, Manager

Aaron Holmberg has been named as the next Risk Manager for Inyo County. Since 2016, Mr. Holmberg has served as the Risk Manager/Risk Services Coordinator for the San Francisco Community College District. He will begin in his new role on December 18.

Donald Rocha, Director

Donald Rocha has assumed the role of Parks and Recreation Director for the County of Santa Clara. Mr. Rocha has worked for the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation since 1988, most recently as the Interim Park Director. His new role began on November 7.

Kevin Riper, Chief Financial Officer

The City of Oxnard has named Kevin Riper as their next Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Riper joins the City after serving as the Assistant City Manager - Central Services for the City of Bend, OR since 2014. He will begin in his new role on January 7.

Kevin Watson, Manager

Kevin Watson has been selected as the Utilities Operations Manager for the City of Redlands. Mr. Watson embarks on this new position after serving the City of Upland as the Utilities Operations Manager since 2016. He will begin in his new role on December 10.

Stacey Hunter Schwartz, CEO

Stacey Hunter Schwartz, PhD has been appointed to the position of CEO for Crossroads Diversified Services. as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hunter Schwartz comes to Crossroads Diversified Services from Coastline Community College, where she served as a Professional Expert in Disable Students Programs since February. She will begin in her new role on November 26.

Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has named Hasan Ikhrata as its new Executive Director. Since 1994, Mr. Ikhrata has run the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Prior to joining SCAG, he worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transpoetation Authority and the South Coast Air Quality Management. He will begin in his new role on December 3.

Laura Gill,CEO

Laura Gill has accepted and assumed the role of CEO with the Special Districts Risk Managemet Authority. Ms. Gill served as the Interim Executive Director with the Authority since May, 2018. Prior to joining the Authority, she served as the City Manager for the City of Elk Grove, since 2018.

Lisa Gardner, Manager

Lisa Gardner has joined the City of Seattle as their new Compensation Program Manager .

Guy Preston, Executive Director

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has appointed Guy Preston as their next Executive Director. Mr. Preston joins the Commission after serving as the Regional Delivery Manager for the California High Speed Rail Authority since 2014. He will begin in his new role on December 3.

Daniel Muelrath, General Manager

Daniel Muelrath has been named as the next General Manager for the Diablo Water District. Since 2013, Mr. Muelrath has served as the CEO/General Manager of the Valley of the Moon Water District. He will begin in his new role on December 3.

John Shelton, Executive Officer

John Shelton has been named by the San Joaquin River Conservancy as their next Executive Officer. Mr. Shelton comes to the Conservancy from the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Fresno, CA, where he served as a Senior Environmental Scientist, Specialist since 2008. He will begin in his new role on December 3.

Ann Mendez, Executive Officer

Ann Mendez has joined the Superior Court of California, Sierra County as their new Court Executive Officer.

Carlos Martinez, Manager

The City of Richmond has named Carlos Martinez as their new City Manager. Mr. Martinez joined the City after 15 years working in the City of East Palo Alto in a range of roles, most recently as City Manager, since 2015.

Rachelle Bedell, Coordinator

Rachelle Bedell has assumed the role of Community Engagement Coordinator for the City of Gilroy. Ms. Bedell previously served as the Regional Director of Public Affairs for a large organization in the Gilroy area.

Gina Rowland, Director

Gina Rowland has assumed the role of Human Resources Director for Sutter County. Ms. Rowland comes to the County from the County of Yolo Human Resources Office, where she has served since 2014 in increasingly responsible roles.

Matthew Loesch, Deputy Director

The City of San Jose has named Matthew Loesch as their new Deputy Director of Public Works. Mr. Loesch has been with the Department since 2001 in increasingly responsible roles, and has served most recently as the Acting Deputy Director since June 2018. He began in his new role on September 23.

Mike Prinz, General Manager

Mike Prinz has been appointed to the position of General Manager for the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District. Since 2012, Mr. Prinz has served as the Deputy Director of Utilities Operations for the Santa Rosa Water Department. He will begin in his new role on November 26.

Jacqueline Ociano, Director

The County of Santa Clara has appointed Jacqueline Onciano Cooke to the position of Director of the Planning and Development Department. Ms. Onciano comes to the County from the County of Monterey's Resource Management Agency, where she worked for 27 years in various capacities, and now serves as the RMA Chief of Planning. Her appointment is effective as of December 10, 2018.

Nathan Cooke, Fire Chief

The City of Redlands has named Nathan Cooke as their next Fire Chief. Mr. Cooke comes to the City from the El Segundo Fire Department, where he has served as Battalion Chief since 2015. He will begin in his new role on October 15.

Lisa Rudloff, Executive Director

Lisa Rudloff has been named Executive Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services for the City of Santa Ana. Ms. Rudloff comes to the City from the City of Irvine, where she served as the Deputy Director of Community Services since 2016. She will begin in her new role on October 22.

Mansoorali ‘Ali’ Hudda, Chief Financial Officer

The Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department has appointed Mansoorali ‘Ali’ Hudda to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hudda comes to Contra Costa County from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where he has served since 1995 in increasingly responsible roles, most recently as Deputy Director of the Finance and Budget Division since 2008. He will begin in his new role on October 1.

Brandon Davis, Chief Procurement Officer

The County of Santa Barbara has appointed Brandon Davis as their next Chief Procurement Officer. Mr. Davis comes to the County from Rain for Rent in Bakersfield, where he has been serving as their Procurement Manager. He will begin with the County on October 8.