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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Director of Parks and Recreation
City of Tucson, AZ

Lara Hamwey

City of Tucson has selected Lara Hamwey to assume the role of Director of Parks & Recreation. Ms. Hamwey comes to the City previously serving as Director, Parks and Recreation Department for City of Miami. Ms. Hamwey is a highly experienced and qualified candidate with over 16 years in the field, with prior experience in other capacities as well. She will begin in her role on January 10.

Chief Information Security Officer
Contra Costa County

Nathan Wiebe

Contra Costa County has selected Nathan Wiebe to assume the role of Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Wiebe comes to the County previously serving as the Information Security Officer for the City of Austin, TX. He will begin in his role on December 17, 2020.

City Manager
City of Clayton

Reina Schwartz

City of Clayton, CA has selected Reina Schwartz to assume the role of City Manager. Ms. Schwartz comes to the City previously serving as the Assistant City Manager for the City of San Pablo. Ms. Schwartz is an accomplished local government professional with more than three decades of public sector experience. She will begin in her role on December 14, 2020.

City Clerk
City of Aurora, CO

Kadee Rodriguez

City of Aurora has selected Kadee Rodriguez to assume the role of City Clerk. Ms. Rodriguez comes to the City previously serving as the Deputy City Clerk for City of Carlsbad. She will begin in her role on December 14.

Director, Municipal Utilities and Engineering
City of Redlands, CA

John Harris

City of Redlands, CA has selected John Harris to assume the role of Municipal & Utilities Engineering Director. Mr. Harris comes to the City previously serving as the Director of Public Services for the City of Big Bear Lake. He will start in his role on December 7, 2020.

Chief Ethics Officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), CA

Paul Solis

LA Metro has selected Paul Solis to assume the role of Chief Ethics Officer. Mr. Solis comes to the Authority previously serving as the Deputy Chief Counsel for the Office of Congressional Ethics. He will begin in his role on December 7, 2020.

Executive Director
San Joaquin Council of Governments

Diane Nguyen

San Joaquin Council of Governments has selected Diane Nguyen to assume the role of Executive Director. Ms. Nguyen has been the Deputy Director at SJCOG since 2012. She will assume her new role immediately.

Director, Worldwide Learning and Professional Development
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Brian Bullock

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has selected Brian Bullock to assume the role of Director of Worldwide Learning & Professional Development. Mr. Bullock comes to the Association previously serving as the Instructional Design Manager for UNLV. He will begin in his role on November 30.

General Counsel
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Kathleen Kane

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has selected Kathleen Kane to be their General Counsel. Ms. Kane, who currently serves as City Attorney for Burlingame and previously served as City Attorney for East Palo Alto, will take over from Adrienne Weil, who is retiring after a decade of service. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has for some time contracted with MTC to provide its staffing services. Ms. Kane will additionally act as legal counsel for ABAG under the contract. She will start in her new role on November 30, 2020.

Assistant Public Works Director
City of Oxnard, CA

Steve Howlett

City of Oxnard has selected Steve Howlett to assume the role of Assistant Public Works Director. Mr. Howlett comes to the City with over 15 years of experience in Public Works. He will begin in his role on November 16.

Assistant City Attorney
City of Oxnard

Paul Early

City of Oxnard, CA has selected Paul Early to assume the role of Assistant City Attorney. Mr. Early comes to the City previously serving as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Moreno Valley. He will begin in his role on November 16, 2020.

Director of Housing
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, AZ

Vanessa Carthell

Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation has selected Vanessa Carthell to assume the role of Director of Housing. Ms. Carthell comes to the organization previously serving as the Housing Manager for UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix. She will begin her role on November 9, 2020.