Executive Search

Executive Level Recruitment

CPS HR specializes in the recruitment and selection of executive level professionals in city, county, state, special district and non-profit agencies. Working in partnership with the governing body or selection team, we develop customized search strategies that focus on locating and recruiting qualified candidates who match the agency’s unique needs. Our experienced executive recruiters apply in-depth knowledge of public-agency operations, programs, and services as well as innovative recruitment techniques to provide you with a guided experience resulting in the most qualified candidates.

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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.

Executive Project Manager
San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency, CA

Omar Al-Hindi

San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency has selected Omar Al-Hindi to assume the role of Executive Project Manager. Mr. Al-Hindi comes to the Agency previously serving as the Associate Civil Engineer for the City of South Pasadena. He brings over 30 years of engineering experience. He will begin in his role on May 10, 2021.

Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Housing Authority

Randy Cole

Columbia Housing Authority has selected Randy Cole to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cole comes to the Agency previously serving as Housing Programs Manager at the City of Columbia. He will begin in his role on May 3.

Executive Director
Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA)

Preston Prince

Santa Clara County Housing Authority has selected Preston Prince to assume the role of Executive Director. Mr. Prince previously served as executive director and CEO of the Fresno Housing Authority where he helped lead successful homeless programs, established positive partnerships with community organizations and residential developers, and prioritized transparency and ethics. He will start in his role on April 30, 2021.

County Counsel
County of Ventura, CA

Tiffany North

County of Ventura, CA has selected Tiffany North to assume the role of County Counsel. Ms. Wood comes to the County previously serving as the Assistant County Counsel for the County of Riverside, where she helped to lead 84 deputy attorneys and staff in four offices throughout the County with an annual departmental budget of approximately $16 million. She will begin in her role on April 21, 2021.

Deputy Chief of Finance
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

Maureen Shilling

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County has selected Maureen Shilling to assume the role of Deputy Chief of Finance. Ms. Shilling comes to the Agency previously serving as the Finance and Ops Leader for WeHOPE. Ms. Shilling brings over 10 years of finance experience. She will begin in her role on April 19, 2021.

Chief of Maintenance and Skilled Trades
East Bay Regional Park District

Robert Kennedy

East Bay Regional Park District has selected Robert Kennedy to assume the role of Chief of Maintenance and Skilled Trades. Mr. Kennedy comes to the District previously serving as the Interim Public Works Operations Manager, Sewer and Drainage for the City of Oakland and the Parks Manager for the City of Concord. He will begin in his role on April 12, 2021.

Fire Chief
City of Missouri City

Mario Partida

City of Missouri City has selected Mario Partida to assume the role of Fire Chief. Mr. Partida was previously serving as the Acting Fire Chief for the City. He will begin in his new role immediately.

Executive Officer, IT and Telecommunications
San Mateo County Transit District

Mehul Kumar

San Mateo County Transit District has selected Mehul Kumar to assume the role of Executive Officer, IT and Telecommunications. Mr. Kumar comes to the District previously serving as Senior Director for LA Metro. He will begin in his role in April 2021.

Chief Systems Security and Law Enforcement Officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), CA

Judy Gerhardt

LA Metro has selected Judy Gerhardt to assume the role of Chief Systems Security and Law Enforcement Officer. Ms. Garhardt comes to the Agency having retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department after 40 years of service. She will begin in her role in April 2021.

Public Works Director
City of Vancouver

Jennifer Williamson

The City of Vancouver has selected Jennifer Williamson to assume the role of Public Works Director. Ms. Williamson comes to the City previously serving as Director of Engineering & Construction for the Port of Portland. She will begin in her role in April 2021.