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Cindy Charan, Executive Director

Cindy Charan has been selected to assume the role of Executive Director, Human Resources for the Alameda County Office of Education. Ms. Charan has served as the Executive Director for the Personnel Commission with the Alameda County Office of Education since 2019, and begins in her new role immediately.

Stanley Damian Skinner, Assistant Director

The City of Oxnard has named Stanley Damian Skinner as their next Assistant Public Works Director. Mr. Skinner comes to the City from the City of Gilroy, where he currently serves as the Deputy Public Works Director of Operations. He will begin in his new role on June 15.

Tony Rizk, Director

The San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency has named Tony Rizk as their next Director of Engineering. Mr. Rizk brings over 10 years experience in large, complex construction and public works project management to his new role, which he will begin on May 1.

Bill Zielinski, Chief Information Officer

The City of Dallas has named Bill Zielinski as their next Chief Information Officer. Mr. Zielinski has spent over 30 years in the federal government, specializing in delivering technology solutions utilized by the public and federal employees and managing federal benefits programs. He begins his new role immediately.

Tocarra Thomas, Deputy Director

Lake County has named Tocarra Thomas as their next Deputy Community Development Director. Ms. Thomas comes to the County from BB&T, where she has worked since 2017 in increasingly responsible roles, most recently as a Client Engagement Engineer. She will begin in her new role on May 4.

John Jenkins, Director

John Jenkins has assumed the role of Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Dallas. Mr. Jenkins has worked with the City's Parks and Recreation Department since 1999 in increasingly responsible roles, most recently as the Interim Director, and has already transitioned to his role as Director.

Ron Millard, Chief Financial Officer

Contra Costa County has selected Ron Millard as its next Chief Financial Officer of their Employment and Human Services Department. Mr. Millard came to the County from the City of Vallejo, where he served as Finance Director. He began in his new role on March 30.

Rosemarie DeFranco, Deputy Director

Rosemarie DeFranco has been selected to serve as the Deputy Director, Community Benefits for the County of Monterey. Ms. DeFranco has worked with the Monterey County Department of Social Services since 1994. Since 2002, she has served the County as a Program Manager II. She assumed her new role on March 16.

Sara Kennedy, Manager

Sara Kennedy has been named as the next Purchasing Manager for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). Ms. Kennedy has been with OFCA since 2015 in a variety of roles and will transition from her current role as Assistant Purchasing Agent to her new role as Purchasing Manager on March 29.

Brandon Cammarata, Manager

Brandon Cammarata has been selected by the City of Aurora to serve as their Current Planning Manager. Mr. Cammarata has worked with the City of Aurora since 2017 as a Senior Planner.

Eric Yahnke, Chief Financial Officer

Citycounty Insurance Services (CIS) has named Eric Yahnke as their next Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Yahnke will join CIS from the City of North Bend, Oregon, where he currently serves as their CFO/Financial Director.

Cathy Lee, General Manager

Cathy Lee has been named to the position of General Manager for the Carmichael Water District. Ms. Lee comes to the District from the Stockton East Water District, where she has served since 2015 as District Engineer and then Assistant General Manager.

James Topoleski, Fire Chief

The City of Redlands has selected James Topoleski to serve as their next Fire Chief. Mr. Topoleski has been with the Redlands Fire Department since 1986, in a multiple roles of increasing responsibility. Since 2005, he has been serving as Battalion Chief. He will begin in his new role on March 9.

John Hudgison, Manager

John Hudgison has been selected as the next Construction Services Manager/Chief Building Official for the City of Tampa. Mr. Hudgison will join the City after serving as the Building Inspections & Code Enforcement Director for the Columbus Consolidated Government since 2015. He will begin in his new role on April 20.

Alan Neff, Manager

Alan Neff has been named by the North Central Regional Transit District as their next Transit Operations Manager. Mr. Neff comes to the District from Pueble Transit, where has has served since 2014 in multiple roles, most recently as the Street Supervisor. He will begin in his new role on March 9.

Frank Dayish, Chief Executive Officer

The Navajo Housing Authority has selected Frank Dayish as their next Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dayish brings over 28 years of extensive tribal, federal and commercial procurement experience in the health, aerospace and mining industries to his new position. He will come to the Authority from the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, where he has served as the Director of the Division of Acquisition Management and Contracts since 2016. He will begin in his new role on March 2.

DeAnna Hilbrants, Assistant Director

DeAnna Hilbrants has assumed the role of Assistant Director - Business Services for the City of Santa Clara - Silicon Valley Power. Ms. Hilbrants came to the City from the City of Millbrae, where she held progressively more responsible roles including Finance Director. She began her new role on February 24.

Laura Neal, Deputy Director

Laura Neal has been selected to serve as the Deputy Director of Family & Children's Services for the County of Monterey. Ms. Neal has 27 years of experience leading teams at Lucas County Children Services in Lucas County, and comes to the County from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she is currently serving as a National Child Care Strategic Consultant. She will begin her new role on March 16.

Esa Ehmen-Krause, Chief Probation Officer

Esa Ehmen-Krause has been selected for the role of Chief Probation Officer for Contra Costa County. Ms. Ehmen-Krause will join the County after serving as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer at the Alameda County Probation Department since 2015. She will begin her new position on March 15.

Rudy Chow, Director

Rudy Chow has been selected by the City of Redlands to serve as their next Director of Municipal Utilities and Engineering. Mr. Chow comes to the City from the City of Baltimore, where he has served since 2011, most recently as the Director of Department of Public Works. He will begin his new role on March 2.

Gabriel Gonzalez, City Manager

TheCity of Shafter has selected Gabriel Gonzalez to assume the role of City Manager. Mr. Gonzalez comes to the City with over 25 years of experience working in executive management roles in small, medium and large cities, including 15 years as city manager, one year as assistant city manager and six years as finance director. He is currently serving as the city administrator for the City of Gilroy. He will begin in his new role on March 16.

Kenneth Chapa, Director

Kenneth Chapa has been selected for and assumed the role of Economic Development Director for the City of Avondale. Mr. Chapa joined the City after serving as the Manager/Interim Director/Economic Development Officer for the City of Henderson Office of Economic Development since 2016. He began in his new role on January 20.

Ronald Dickerson, Deputy Executive Officer

The City of Las Vegas has selected Tammy Malich as their next Director of Youth Development and Social Innovation. Ms. Malich has worked with the City since 2013 as the Assistant Superintendent. She will begin her new role on February 5.

Tammy Malich, Director

Ronald Dickerson has accepted the position of Deputy Executive Officer, System Security and Law Enforcement with LA Metro. Mr. Dickerson began his new role on February 3.

Kristin Cooper, Assistant Director

Clark County has appointed Kristin Cooper to the position of Assistant Director of Social Services (Housing and Community Development). Ms. Cooper has been with the County since 1998 in various departments and roles. She will begin in her new role on February 10.

Manuel Acosta, Director

Manuel Acosta has been selected to serve as the next Director of Community Development for the City of Bell. Mr. Acosta comes to the City from Transtech Engineers, Inc., where he has served as a Contract Planner since 2017. He will begin in his new role on February 18.

Stacey Ambrose, Manager

Stacey Ambrose has been named as the next Enviornmental Services Manager for the Mountain View Sanitary District. Ms. Ambrose has been the Environmental Services Manager for the City of American Canyon since 2008. She will begin in her new role on February 17.

Angela Means, Assistant Director

The City of Austin has named Angela Means as their new Assistant Director of Customer and Employee Experience. Ms. Means has a strong background in public administration, strategic and operational leadership, staff development and change management. Additionally, she has over 20 years of experience in local government, and has worked for the City of Austin since 2007 in increasingly responsible roles. She will assume her new role in February 2020.

Shannon Heimer, Division Manager

Shannon Heimer has been selected for the position of Division Manager for the City of San Jose - Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. Ms. Heimer has been with the City since 1999 in various roles, most recently as the General Manager of the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.

Torie O'Reilly, Division Manager

The City of San Jose has selected Torie O'Reilly for the position of Division Manager for their Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. Ms. O'Reilly has worked with the City since 1999 in increasingly responsible roles, and will transition to the Division Manager role from her current role as Parks Manager.

Kristin Maithonis, Assistant Director

Kristin Maithonis has assumed the role of Assistant Director of Housing Services for the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino. Prior to joining the Housing Authority, she served as Housing Manager for the City of Norwalk since 2001. She began in her new role on December 16.

Bob Green, Chief of Systems Security and Law Enforcement

Bob Green has been named by LA Metro as their next Chief of Systems Security and Law Enforcement. Mr. Green has been with the Los Angeles Police Department since 1977 in a variety of roles, most recently as Deputy Chief. He will begin in his new role on February 1.

Roland Behee, Director

Roland Behee has been selected as the next Director of Planning and Development for Community Transit. Mr. Behee has been part of the Community Transit Planning and Development team for more than 20 years, joining as a GIS Coordinator in 1998. During his tenure, he served in multiple roles, most recently as the Manager of Planning. He assumed his new role on December 30.

Laura Snideman, City Manager

The City of Richmond has appointed Laura Snideman to the position of City Manager. Ms. Snideman will come to the City from the City of Fairfield, where she has served as Assistant City Manager since 2014. She will assume her new role on January 27.

Eleanor Torres, Director

Eleanor Torres has been selected for the position of Director of Government Relations for the Port of Long Beach. Ms. Torres joined the Port of Long Beach after serving the Orange County Water District since 2008 as the Director of Public Affairs. She began in her new role on December 30.

Joel Paulsen, Executive Director

Joel Paulsen has been appointed to the position of Executive Director for the Metro Flood Diversion Authority. Mr. Paulsen comes to the Authority from Stantec Consulting, where he has served as a Senior Associate and Office Lead since 2018.

Kevin Murphy, Director

The City of Avondale has selected Kevin Murphy to assume the role of Development and Engineering Services Director. Mr. Murphy will join the City on January 6, 2020, after serving as Senior Principal at Civil and Environmental Consultants since 2017.

Jim Pruett, General Manager

Jim Pruett has been selected as the next General Manager for the San Mateo County Harbor District. Mr. Pruett has nearly 30 years in service to the United States, and comes to the District from the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, California, where he currently serves as Chief of Staff since 2017. He will begin in his new role on December 11, 2019.

Tess Lengyel, Executive Director

The Alameda County Transportation Commission has named Tess Lengyel as their next Executive Director. Ms. Lengyel has been with Alameda County in increasingly responsible roles since January, 2000. She has been serving as the Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Policy at the Alameda County Transportation Commission since 2013, and will begin in her new role on December 31, 2019.

Merry Monlux, Deputy City Clerk

Merry Monlux has been selected as the City of Hayward’s Deputy City Clerk. She most recently served as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Fremont. Ms. Monlux’s start date is October 30, 2019.

An Tran, Chief Deputy Director

An Tran has been selected to assume the role of Chief Deputy Director for the County of Orange Social Services Agency. Mr. Tran has worked with the County for over 20 years in increasingly responsible roles. He most recently served as the Division Director of Administrative Services with the County of Orange Social Services Agency. He began his new role on October 11, 2019.

Trameka Jewett, Emergency Management Coordinator

Trameka Jewett has been named as the next Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Missouri City, TX. Ms. Jewett comes to the City with 12 years' experience in Texas Emergency Management. She currently serves as the Regional Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (since 2013) and as Adjunct Instructor at the College of the Mainland (since 2017). She will begin in her new role on September 30, 2019.

Angela Colamaria, Chief Legal Counsel

The State of Montana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Angela Colamaria to assume the role of Chief Legal Counsel. Ms. Colamaria comes to the Department from the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she has served as the Infrastructure Permitting Team Lead since 2015. She will begin in her new role on November 18, 2019.

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