Recruitment Team

Pamela Derby

Manager/Executive Recruiter
pderby@cpshr.us916-471-3126

Pamela Derby has over 25 years of experience in managing public relations and client services in both the public and private sector. Since joining CPS HR Executive Search in 2003, she has managed a wide range of recruitments for state, city, county and special district executives including city manager, assistant and deputy city manager, executive director, general manager, police chief, fire chief, community and economic development director, human resource director, finance director, public works director, registrar of voters, library director, and director of information technology in addition to specialized support positions. Prior to joining CPS HR Executive Search, Ms. Derby served as the Aide to the Yuba County Board of Supervisors serving as the Board’s liaison to County Department Heads, the community, and the media. Previous to her local government service, Ms. Derby served in the private sector and with several non-profit lobbying associations where she was responsible for the management of several large consumer groups.

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Assistant Director of Public Works
City of San Jose

Katherine Brown

The City of San Jose has selected Katherine Brown to assume the role of Assistant Director of Public Works. Ms. Brown comes to the City previously serving as the Interim Assistant Director of Public Works. Ms. Brown has developed a deep understanding of public works operations, budget management, and community engagement and brings over 8 years of management experience. She will begin in her role on January 16.

Assistant General Manager, Wastewater Enterprise
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Joel Prather

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has selected Joel Prather to assume the role of Assistant General Manager, Wastewater Enterprise. Mr. Prather has been with SFPUC since 2011 and will begin in his new role on March 4, 2024.

Retirement Administrator
Ventura County Employees' Retirement Association

Amy Herron

Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association has selected Amy Herron to assume the role of Retirement Administrator. Ms. Herron comes to the Association previously serving as the Chief Operations Officer for the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association. Ms. Herron has a broad skillset in areas of governmental leadership, accounting, financial operations, and information technology and brings over 25 years of management experience. She will begin in her role on January 16.

City Court Director
City of Tucson, AZ

Joshua Halversen

City of Tucson has selected Joshua Halversen to assume the role of City Court Director. Mr. Halversen comes to the City previously serving as the Chief Probation Officer/Superior Court Administrator for Graham County Superior Court and Probation. He will begin in his role on February 5.

Independent Performance Auditor
San Diego Association of Governments

Courtney Ruby

San Diego Association of Governments has selected Courtney Ruby to assume the role of Independent Performance Auditor. Ms. Rudy comes to the Association previously serving as the City Auditor for the City of Oakland. Ms. Ruby has Garnered local, statewide, and national interest and received a prestigious national award, the ALGA Knighton award for the Non-Interference in Administrative Affairs Performance Audit and was recognized as one of the “Top 15 Most Influential Professionals” by the American Center for Government Auditing. She will begin in her role on November 14.

Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters
County of Riverside, CA

Alice Kim

The County of Riverside has selected Alice Kim to assume the role of Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters. Ms. Kim comes to the County previously serving as the Staff Development Coordinator for the San Diego Registrar of Voters. Ms. Kim has revised election-specific Poll Worker Training Manual, including ePollbook Manual, Poll Worker Checklists, Poll Worker Job Aids, and brings over 10 years of management experience. She will begin in her role on November 11.