STELLAR TALENT: Carlsbad Names New Economic Development Manager

The City of Carlsbad has selected Christie Marcella to serve as its new Economic Development Manager. Christie was chosen to lead the city’s economic development efforts after a robust recruitment that drew a large pool of qualified applicants from throughout the western United States. Her passion for innovation and relentless spirit of public service, along with her varied experience in economic development and related areas were overwhelming factors in her appointment. In addition, Christie’s impressive academic credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

POWERFUL RESULTS: Congrats to new Lakewood, CO Police Chief Dan McCasky

The holiday weekend seems like an ideal time to get caught up on our recent placement news. Yep – we’ve been so busy with our recruitments that we haven’t had time to celebrate our client and candidate successes. So, we’ll start with Lakewood Colorado’s recently named Police Chief. Dan McCasky is a 30-year veteran of the nationally accredited Lakewood Police Department (LPD) and served as Interim Police Chief for five months prior to his promotion in October. Prior to serving in the interim chief capacity, Chief McCasky served as division chief of Patrol.

Upon making the announcement City Manager Kathy Hodgson stated, “He brings the experience, depth of knowledge and leadership qualities respected by his co-workers, peers and other agencies. Dan is a natural communicator who brings people together.” Impressed by the outstanding level of professionalism across LPD, TB&Co. CEO Teri Black added, “Dan is also extremely involved with and committed to the community. His relationships and involvement reflect the depth of extensive partnerships the department never takes for granted. While we had impressive talent in the candidate pool, Dan is a gifted leader who has a great deal to contribute.”

Chief McCasky has a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.

STELLAR TALENT: Pleasanton Welcomes New Library Services Director

The City of Pleasanton will welcome Heidi Murphy as their new Director of Library Services in April following the retirement of Julie Farnsworth.

Heidi is a Pleasanton native and graduate of Amador Valley High School who returns home after serving most recently as Library Director in the City of Los Gatos. There she was instrumental in the planning and construction of a new 30,000-square-foot modern library, experience that will serve her well in Pleasanton. In addition to leading 25 employees and managing the Department’s $4 million budget, Heidi’s will also be a part of Pleasanton’s new Civic Center/Library Task Force, working to develop plans for new City complexes that serve both needs.

Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho believes Heidi is just the person to do the job. “Heidi Murphy has distinguished herself as the most qualified person to take the helm and help our city explore options for building a new library,” he said. “I’m confident Heidi possesses the kind of innovation and progressive leadership style to sustain and improve existing services while also embarking on the design and construction of a new library for our community.”

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University.

POWERFUL RESULTS: TBC’s policing expert guest panelist on INTERSECTION, public television pilot focusing on issues impacting greater LA area

Joe Brann, Vice President of Teri Black & Co., LLC and the founding Director of USDOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, serves as a guest panelist on the public television pilot episode of INTERSECTION, a new series of dealing with issues, initiatives, and ideas impacting the greater Los Angeles area.

The first episode focuses on the current state of affairs between African Americans and their relationship with law enforcement. The series will air next in LA on Dec. 13th at 10:00 p.m. but you can watch it on demand at

POWERFUL RESULTS: Menlo Park PD honored for enhanced community partnerships that achieve real results

Menlo Park Police Department Helen Putnam Award

Congratulations to the City of Menlo Park for recently being honored with the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Safety. Established in 1982 by the League of California Cities, the Helen Putnam annual awards program recognizes and promotes outstanding efforts and innovative solutions in city government.

While we are proud to have placed Police Chief Robert Jonsen in 2013, we are not surprised by the accomplishments of the Chief and the Menlo Park Police Department (MPPD). Upon Jonsen’s appointment, Vice President of TB&Co. and policing expert Joe Brann commented, “His leadership style clearly exudes a commitment to the key tenets of community policing and he will bring that philosophy with him to Menlo Park.”

With the Helen Putnam award, MPPD was recognized for its multi-faceted approach to building community relationships that resulted in a number of positive outcomes including a 42 percent decrease in crime in the Belle Haven neighborhood and a 15 percent reduction in traffic collisions citywide.

At the center of the department’s community policing efforts was the formation of a community advisory group that meets regularly to identify crime and community issues, and develops comprehensive, coordinated plans that target each neighborhood’s pressing concerns. Kudos to Chief Jonsen, MPPD and the MP community on receiving this well-deserved honor!