Recruitment Team

Andrew Nelson

Senior Executive Recruiter
anelson@cpshr.us916-471-3329

Andrew's breadth and depth of experience in the public sector gives him a keen insight into the unique needs of public sector agencies. He is a former city manager and metropolitan planning organization director who brings his experience on the front lines of government service to assist public agencies in recruiting and retaining top talent. In his prior management roles, he worked with both internal departments and external state, local and federal agencies. His background includes municipal finance, court administration, transportation planning and transit management, grant administration, collective bargaining and general city management, as well as recruitment of a myriad of senior level roles. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and has served on multiple task forces for the profession’s development. Andrew earned a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University, where he specialized in local government management.

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Building Official
City of Costa Mesa, CA

Ziad Doudar

The City of Costa Mesa has selected Ziad Doudar to assume the role of Building Official. Mr. Doudar was previously with the City serving as a Plan Check Engineer. He is an experienced and seasoned Civil Engineer and has over 25 years of experience in Engineering Design and Project Management. He will begin in his role on September 12.

Director of Capital Development
Utah Transit Authority

Todd Provost

Utah Transit Authority has selected Todd Provost to assume the role of Director of Capital Development. Mr. Provost comes to the Authority previously serving as the Vice President of Operations for Modern Railway Systems. Mr. Provost has over 20 years of experience in the transit industry. He will begin in his role on September 3.

Assistant Development Services Director
City of Costa Mesa, CA

Scott Drapkin

The City of Costa Mesa has selected Scott Drapkin to assume the role of Assistant Development Services Director. Mr. Drapkin comes to the City previously serving as the Planning Manager for the City of Laguna Beach. Mr. Drapkin has over 25 years of community development and municipal government experience. He will begin in his role September 20.

Public Health Director
San Bernardino County, CA

Joshua Dugas

San Bernardino County has selected Joshua Dugas to assume the role of Public Health Director. Mr. Dugas has been with the agency for close to 20 years and has a wealth of experience. He will begin in his role on August 14.

Human Resources Director
City of Elk Grove, CA

Melissa Rojas

The City of Elk Grove, CA has selected Melissa Rojas to assume the role of Human Resources Director. Ms. Rojas comes to the City previously serving as the Human Resources Director for the City of Albany and brings over 10 years of experience. She will begin in her role on August 16.

Safety Manager
City of Anaheim, CA

Carlos Paiz

City of Anaheim has selected Carlos Paiz to assume the role of Safety Manager. Mr. Paiz has been with the City for almost 3 years and brings over 15 years of experience. He will begin in his role on August 4.

City Attorney
City of Riverside, CA

Phaedra Norton

City of Riverside, CA has selected Phaedra Norton to assume the role of City Attorney. Ms. Norton comes to the City previously serving as the City Attorney for the City of Merced. Ms. Norton brings over 20 years of experience. She will begin in her role on July 19, 2021.

Chief Executive Officer
Montana Public Health Institute

Matthew Kelley

Montana Public Health Institute has selected Matthew Kelley to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kelley comes to the Agency previously serving as the Health Officer for the Gallatin City-County Health Department. Mr. Kelley brings a wealth of experience. He will begin in his role on July 12, 2021.

County Administrator
Flathead County, Montana

Pete Melnick

Flathead County has selected Pete Melnick to assume the role of County Administrator. Mr. Melnick comes to the County previously serving as the Strategic Advisor to the Assistant Secretary and Culture Officer with the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Melnick brings over 10 years of leadership experience. He will begin in his role on June 7, 2021.