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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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City Clerk
City of Scottsdale, AZ

Benjamin Lane

City of Scottsdale, AZ has selected Benjamin Lane to assume the role of City Clerk. Mr. Lane comes to the City previously serving as the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Phoenix, AZ. He will begin in his role on March 8, 2021.

Chief Labor Relations Officer
Montgomery County

Jennifer Harling

Montgomery County, MD has selected Jennifer Harling to assume the role of Chief Labor Relations Officer. Ms. Harling comes to the County most recently serving as the Assistant Counsel for Negotiations for the National Treasury Employees Union. She will begin in her role on March 3, 2021.

Economic Development Director
City of Ontario, CA

Jennifer McLain Hiramoto

City of Ontario, CA has selected Jennifer McLain Hiramoto to assume the role of Economic Development Director. Ms. McLain Hiramoto comes to the City previously serving as the Acting Assistant Director, Community Development for the City of Glendale, CA. She will begin in her role on February 22, 2021.

Assistant Director of Project Management
City of League City

Cara Davis

City of League City has selected Cara Davis to assume the role of Assistant Director of Project Management. Ms. Davis comes to the City previously serving as Senior Project Manager for the City of Pearland's Engineering & Capital Project Department. Ms. Davis has 14 years of diverse municipal project and construction management experience. She will begin in her role on February 15.

County Executive Officer
County of Riverside

Jeffrey Van Wagenen

County of Riverside, CA has selected Jeffrey Van Wagenen to assume the role of County Executive Officer. Mr. Van Wagenen has been with the County of Riverside for over 10 years. He will begin in his role on February 10, 2021.

Public Works & Utility Services Director
City of Colton, CA

Brian Dickinson

City of Colton has selected Brian Dickinson to assume the role of Public Works & Utility Services Director. Mr. Dickinson comes to the City previously serving as the General Manager - Water Department for the City of Compton. He will begin in his role on February 8, 2021.

Director of Finance
City of San Bernardino, CA

Barbara Whitehorn

City of San Bernardino has selected Barbara Whitehorn to assume the role of Director of Finance. Ms. Whitehorn comes to the City previously serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Asheville, NC. She will start in her role on February 1, 2021.

Division Director
Orange County Social Services Agency, CA

Jyothi Atluri

Orange County Social Service Agency has selected Jyothi Atluri to assume the role of Division Director. Ms. Atluri has been part of the OC SSA team for over 20 years. She will begin in her role on January 29, 2021.

Director of Public Works
City of Carson, CA

Eliza Jane Whitman

City of Carson, CA has selected Eliza Jane Whitman to assume the role of Director of Public Works. Ms. Whitman is bringing more than 29 years of experience in engineering, construction of major water, transportation, environmental, energy and infrastructure projects for international federal, state and local agencies as well as private utilities and developers in the United States, Europe and Asia. She will begin in her role on January 25, 2021.

General Manager
Kensington Police Protection & Community Services District (KPPCSD)

Marti Brown

Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District has selected Marti Brown to assume the role of General Manager. Ms. Brown comes to the District previously serving as the Project Manager, Community Development for the City of San Juan Bautista. She will start in her role on January 25, 2021.

Deputy Executive Officer/Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
South Coast AQMD

Anissa Heard-Johnson

South Coast Air Quality Management District has selected Anissa Heard-Johnson to assume the role of Deputy Executive Officer/ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Ms. Heard-Johnson comes to the District previously serving as the Director, Student Life, Equity & Activities Center for Irvine Valley College. Ms. Heard-Johnson was described by references as being legendary in the world of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She will begin in her role on January 11.

City Manager
City of Salinas

Steve Carrigan

City of Salinas has selected Steve Carrigan to assume the role of City Manager. Mr. Carrigan comes to the City having most recently served the City of Merced as their City Manager. Mr. Carrigan brings over 10 years of experience in City Administration. He will begin in his role on January 11, 2021.