Dan Singer, City Manager for City of Poway takes oath

Placement Spotlight: Dan Singer, New City Manager, City of Poway
We are pleased to announce that Dan Singer took his oath of office last week during Poway’s City Council meeting, which officially kicked-off his new role as the City’s new City Manager. It was our pleasure to place Dan with the City of Poway earlier this year after a very competitive search (see placement post here .)

Mark Danaj, Manhattan Beach City Manager

City of Manhattan Beach selects next City Manager
Teri Black & Company, LLC is proud to announce that the Manhattan Beach City Council has selected Mark Danaj as their next City Manager.  In a statement, Manhattan Beach City Mayor Amy Howorth said, “Mark represents the next generation of City Managers who offer fresh ideas and contemporary approaches to leading municipalities in partnership with the communities they serve.  The City Council is thrilled to have attracted someone of Mark’s caliber to Manhattan Beach.”

Hilary Keith, Santa Clara City LibrarianSanta Clara’s new City Librarian to continue with innovative approach to community services
We are proud to announce the appointment of Hilary G. Keith as Santa Clara’s new City Librarian.  Hilary was selected by the City Manager with approval from the Board of Library Trustees and begins her new post in the heart of Silicon Valley this week.  With almost 20 years in the field of city and municipal library…

Dan Singer, Poway City Manager

City of Poway unanimously approves new City Manager
The Poway City Council unanimously selected Dan Singer as its new City Manager from among 65 candidates presented by Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive search firm based in Southern California. Mayor Don Higginson commented, “Dan was the Council’s unanimous choice. He is a veteran City Manager who is highly qualified and will be a wonderful addition to City staff and the Poway community.” Mr. Singer is expected to begin work in Poway on June 1st.  Located in San Diego County, Poway serves just under 50,000 residents with a total operating budget of nearly $73 million…

David Morrison, Planning Director Napa County

Napa’s new Planning Director to maintain rural sustainably
We are proud to announce the appointment of David Morrison as Planning Director of Napa County. He was selected this week by the county’s Board of Supervisors. County Executive Officer Nancy Watt recommended David for the position, “preserving agriculture and the environment is vital to the success of numerous environmental preservation programs, including the county’s General Plan and Housing Element, the adoption of a Climate Action Plan, streamlining the county zoning code, and helping to create the Cache Creek Nature Preserve…

Murrieta’s new Assistant City Manager - Kimberley SummersMurrieta’s new Assistant City Manager, Kimberley Summers
With a career spanning more than 15 years in local government with the City of Hesperia, Kim brings broad knowledge of city operations to Murrieta.  She’s overseen the City Council and City Clerk offices, legislative programs, environmental programs, emergency management, information technology and community relations and special projects. Kim led many successful projects, including one to secure over $19 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects…

Rosemary MenardCity of Santa Cruz names Rosemary Menard as Water Director
We are excited to announce our first placement of 2014: Ms. Rosemary Menard, City of Santa Cruz’ new Water Director.  Menard begins her new position in Santa Cruz with more than 30 years experience in water planning and management, as well as regulatory and environmental issues. “We are very pleased to have Ms. Menard come aboard at a critical point in our water supply discussions,” said Santa Cruz City Manager Martín Bernal in statement.

David Doyle City Manager City of Aliso ViejoCity of Aliso Viejo Names new City Manager
This week, the City of Aliso Viejo named David Doyle as its new City Manager.  Doyle begins his new role on February 10, 2013.   “What we appreciated from David as a candidate is that he had creative ideas for supporting and implementing our top goals,” said the City’s Mayor, Carmen Cave.  With more than 20 years in municipal…

Patrick-Weimiller-LompocWeimiller’s new role as City Administrator for the City of Lompoc, CA.
We are proud to announce Patrick Wiemiller as the new City Administrator for the City of Lompoc, California. Most recently, Patrick led both the Public Works and Utilities Departments for the City of Fresno overseeing 887 employees and an annual budget of $574 million. “I am thrilled to be the individual chosen and…

Hillary-Gitelman-editedGitelman’s new role as Director of Planning & Community Environment of Palo Alto, CA
We are proud to announce Hillary E. Gitelman’s return to the Bay Area as Palo Alto’s new Director of Planning and Community Environment. She brings with her a wide range of impressive experiences and accomplishments.  As Hillary’s first week comes to a close, we celebrate her success and our partnership with this incredible city.  Palo Alto, CA – City Manager James Keene announced today that he has selected Hillary E. Gitelman to serve as the City’s next Director of Planning and Community Environment…

Time for a Corporate Culture Makeover?
Insights for Retaining Your Best Talent
Although recovery is benefitting many sectors of our economy, organizations find that simply throwing money at high performers turns out to be an ineffective means of retaining top talent. Money rarely ranks at the top of “why I love my job” list. As competition for stellar employees and executives grows increasingly fierce, many organizations could use a “culture makeover” to enhance the likelihood of hanging onto their superstars.

10 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders
I was on location with a client recently, developing an executive candidate profile for a search we will be launching soon. While there, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of incredibly talented and respected executives who represent the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In our discussions regarding the most critical characteristics frequently found in highly effective leaders, these common themes emerged.

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