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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City Manager
City of Littleton

James Becklenberg

City of Littleton has selected James Becklenberg to assume the role of City Manager. Mr. Becklenberg comes to the City previously serving as the City Manager for City of Evans. Mr. Becklenberg has 25 years of experience in city management. He will begin in his role on July 10.

Senior Restoration Ecologist
Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency

Nathan Hale

Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency has selected Nathan Hale to assume the role of Senior Restoration Ecologist. Mr. Hale comes to the Agency previously serving as the Senior Project Manager for Live Oak Associates, Inc. Mr. Hale has over a decade and a half of habitat restoration experience. He will begin in his role immediately.

Director of Human Resources
The Woodlands Township

Angela Branch

The Woodlands Township has selected Angela Branch to assume the role of Director of Human Resources. Ms. Branch comes to the Township previously serving as the Executive Director and Human Resources Director for The Woodlands Methodist Church. Ms. Branch has over 17 years of Human Resources experience. She will begin in her role on June 13.

Executive Director
California Transit Training Consortium

Jennifer Carr

California Transit Training Consortium has selected Jennifer Carr to assume the role of Executive Director. Ms. Carr comes to the Agency previously serving as the Chief Operations and Advancement Officer for Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles. Ms. Carr has over fifteen years of nonprofit management experience. She will begin in her role on June 13.

Chief Customer Experience Officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, CA

Jennifer Vides Hirsch

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected Jennifer Vides Hirsch to assume the role of Chief Customer Experience Officer. Ms. Vides Hirsch comes to the Authority previously serving as the Chief Customer Experience Officer for SCRRA. She will begin in her role immediately.

Vice Chancellor, Human Resources & Equal Opportunity
Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Raymond Quan

Foothill-De Anza Community College District has selected Raymond Quan to assume the role of Vice Chancellor, Human Resources & Equal Opportunity. Mr. Quan comes to the District previously serving as an HR Consultant for QUANCO, LLC. Mr. Quan has over 30 years of HR management experience, including in higher education (Montana State University-Billings, Kern Community College District, Central Wyoming College, Victor Valley College). He will begin in his role on June 1.

Manager, Government Relations
Long Beach Transit

Marisol Barajas

Long Beach Transit has selected Marisol Barajas to assume the role of Manager, Government Relations. Ms. Barajas comes to the Agency previously serving as the District Director for the Office of Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell. Ms. Barajas has 10 year of experience working with the California State Legislature and a strong interest in intergovernmental relations and advocacy. She will begin in her role on June 1.

General Manager
Reclamation District 900

Blake Johnson

Reclamation District 900 has selected Blake Johnson to assume the role of General Manager. Mr. Johnson comes to the District previously serving as a Civil Engineer for Black & Veatch. He will begin in his role on May 23.

General Manager
Centennial Water and Sanitation District

Samuel Calkins

Centennial Water and Sanitation District has selected Samuel Calkins to assume the role of General Manager. Mr. Calkins was previously serving as the Director of Operations for the District. He will begin in his role on May 18.

Director of Transportation
Trinity County

Panos Kokkas

Trinity County has selected Panos Kokkas to assume the role of Director of Transportation. Mr. Kokkas comes to the County previously serving as the Director of Public Works, County Engineer, and Road Commissioner for Nevada County. He will begin in his role on May 16.

Director of Finance
City of Rialto

Katherine Stevens

City of Rialto has selected Katherine Stevens to assume the role of Director of Finance. Ms. Stevens was previously serving as the Deputy Director of Finance for the City. Ms. Stevens has over 15 years of accounting experience. She will begin in her role immediately.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
City of Aurora

Sara Valencich

The City of Aurora has selected Sara Valencich to assume the role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Ms. Valencich comes to the City previously serving as Manager, Assessment Resource and Support for Denver Public Schools. Ms. Valencich has more than 15 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, and program management, and has used those skills to further the initiatives of multiple teams and organizations to increase equity and inclusion goals. She will begin in her role in May.