Recruitment Solutions: Executive Search List

Executive Level Recruitment

CPS HR specializes in the recruitment and selection of executive level professionals in key city, county, special district and non-profit management 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 to provide you with a guided experience resulting in the most qualified candidates.

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Human Resources Director
Johnson County

William Coy

Johnson County has selected William Coy to assume the role of Human Resources Director. Mr. Coy comes to the County previously serving as the Division Chief / Career Executive Appointment for California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Mr. Coy has 20 years of experience leading HR operations across diverse environments. He will begin in his role on November 28.

Human Resources Manager
Contra Costa County

Nicole Bilich

Contra Costa County has selected Nicole Bilich to assume the role of Human Resources Manager. Ms. Bilich's comes to the County previously serving as the Human Resources Site Leader for Amazon. Ms. Bilich’s has over 18 years of Human Resources leadership and management experience positioning Human Resources as a true business partner. She will begin her role immediately.

Water Services Director
City of Flagstaff

Shannon Jones

The City of Flagstaff has selected Shannon Jones to assume the role of Water Services Director. Mr. Jones comes to the City previously serving as the Public Utilities Department Director for City of Sana Fe. Mr. Jones has 26+ years of experience in the operation of utility systems including construction, plant operations and maintenance, transmission and distribution, treatment facility management, regulatory compliance, and divisional operation. He will begin in his role Approximately February 1, 2023.

Assistant Community Development Director
City of San Carlos

Andrea Mardesich

City of San Carlos has selected Andrea Mardesich to assume the role of Assistant Community Development Director. Ms. Mardesich was previously serving as the Principal Planner for the City. Ms. Mardesich has managed the logistics of the Current Planning Division (e.g. budget, contracts, strategic goals, staff and contractor workloads, etc.). She will begin her role immediately.

Human Resources Director
City of Littleton

Tracy Hooker

City of Littleton has selected Tracy Hooker to assume the role of Human Resources Director. Ms. Hooker comes to the City previously serving as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for University of Colorado. Ms. Hooker has fourteen years of experience in the human resources field, with more than ten years in a leadership role. She will begin in her role on October 10.

Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Fair and Events Center

Russ Vandenberg

Southern California Fair and Events Center has selected Russ Vandenberg to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vandenberg comes to the Agency previously serving as the General Manager for Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Mr. Vandenberg brings over 35 years of management experience at various venues in Southern California. He will begin in his role immediately.

Chief Administrative & Financial Officer
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Bree Mawhorter

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has selected Bree Mawhorter to assume the role of Chief Administrative & Financial Officer. Ms. Mawhorter comes to the County previously serving as the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration for the Office of Community and Investment and Infrastructure. She will begin in her role immediately.

Industrial Safety Officer – Wastewater Treatment Facility
City of San Jose, CA

Luis Barillas

City of San Jose has selected Luis Barillas to assume the role of Industrial Safety Officer. Mr. Barillas comes to the City previously serving as the Environmental Health & Safety Compliance Specialist for ACT Enviro. Mr. Barillas has over 15 years of experience in the Environmental Industry. He will begin in his role on September 18.

General Counsel
San Diego County Water Authority

David Edwards

San Diego County Water Authority has selected David Edwards to assume the role of General Counsel. Mr. Edwards comes to the Agency previously serving as an Attorney for Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. He will begin in his role on September 12.

City Auditor
City of Fort Worth

David Medrano

The City of Fort Worth has selected David Medrano to assume the role of City Auditor. Mr. Medrano comes to the City previously serving as the Chief Internal Auditor for Imperial Irrigation District, CA. He will begin in his role on September 6.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Programs Manager
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Erica Terrell

Los Angeles County Sanitation District has selected Erica Terrell to assume the role of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Programs Manager. Ms. Terrell comes to the District previously serving as System Partner, DEI & Anti-Racism System Lead for Achievement Network, CA. She has more than 12 years of experience leading organizations through cultural diversity change management centered on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism models. She will begin in her role on August 29.

Executive Director
Napa-Vallejo Waste Management Authority

Christopher Celsi

Napa-Vallejo Waste Management Authority has selected Christopher Celsi to assume the role of Executive Director. Mr. Celsi comes to the Agency previously serving as the Resource Recovery & Recycling Manager for City of Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Celsi has over 25 years of experience in solid waste and recycling, fleet, and facilities management and over 15 years of senior management in public and private solid waste, recycling and organics sector. He will begin on August 29.