STELLAR TALENT: Brisbane names new Financial Services Manager

Carolina Yuen, Financial Services Manager, City of Brisbane

The City of Brisbane has named Carolina Yuen as their new Financial Services Manager. Carolina is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant with 15 years of experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. In her new position Carolina has primary management responsibility over Brisbane’s auditing and accounting functions and will be well-served by her extensive accounting background and solutions-oriented approach.

Carolina comes to Brisbane from the City of Millbrae, where she served as Financial Systems Analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Golden Gate University and graduated with Highest Honors.

STELLAR TALENT: City of Fremont prepares to welcome new Building Official


Following a nationwide search, the City of Fremont will be welcoming David Chung as the City’s new Building Official in November. Located in the Bay Area on the eastern edge of the Silicon Valley, Fremont is home to a population of over 226,000. David currently serves as the Building Official and Building Plan Check Engineer for the City of Gilroy.

In Fremont, he will oversee a staff of 26 in the Community Development Department with responsibility over the areas of plan check, building inspection, fire and life safety, as well as community preservation. As Building Official, he will play a key role in several exciting and transformative development projects currently underway in the city.

David’s Silicon Valley and Bay Area experience is extensive. Prior to his service in Gilroy, he held positions in the Cities of Palo Alto and Milpitas, as well as in the private sector. He earned both his graduate and undergraduate degrees in civil engineering from San Jose State University.

POWERFUL RESULTS: Redwood City launches stunning new website


Have you checked out Redwood City’s new website?  Launched in September, it has one of the most captivating and electric looks out there and does a phenomenal job of showcasing the City’s status as the cultural and entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula and the start-up tech center of the Silicon Valley.  See for a full preview.

The City website ranked number 2 in a recent city satisfaction survey where residents weighed in on how they’d prefer to receive information,” said Aaron Aknin, then interim city manager. “The website continues to be a powerful tool for Redwood City’s brand, and it helps achieve the City’s priority of creating a virtual city hall where the public can pay a bill online, apply for permits, and gain easy access to other City services. The new site has been designed with the public’s priorities in mind, and we’re pleased that so many essential documents and sources of information are now mere clicks away from the homepage.”  

TB&Co. recently handled the recruitment of Melissa Stevenson Diaz to serve as RWC’s new City Manager and is currently leading the nationwide search for the City’s next Fire Chief.

POWERFUL RESULTS: Pasadena Fire Department recently awarded Class 1 ISO Public Protection Classification rating


POWERFUL RESULTS: Pasadena Fire Department…are you kidding…this almost NEVER happens!?! The Pasadena Fire Department was recently awarded a Class 1 ISO Public Protection Classification rating. The Class 1 rating is the highest possible score that can be given to a fire department and there are only 16 departments in California who have achieved such status and just 132 nationally.

This is a big darn deal on its own, but it gets even better because in August of this year, PFD joined an elite cadre of fire organizations in earning Accredited Agency status. So now this incredible department holds the very rare honor of being both a Class 1 and Accredited department – a distinction shared by only three other departments in the state. Way to go PFD!!

TB&Co. had the honor of placing Fire Chief Bertral Washington in 2014 and managing the 2015 recruitment for two Deputy Fire Chiefs resulting in the appointments of Eugene Campbell, Jr. and Jon Trautwein.

PLACEMENT NEWS: City of Pasadena selects Jennifer Curtis as new Human Resources Director


Jennifer Curtis has been selected as Pasadena’s new Human Resources Director. City Manager Michael Beck indicated in his announcement that she will begin her new duties on November 2, 2015. “Ms. Curtis has outstanding experience in human resources management to lead our complex operation.  Her passion for the profession and her demonstrated leadership skills will help ensure we are a model organization,” Mr. Beck added.

The appointment came after a nationwide search for the ideal candidate. “Although this recruitment was very competitive, Jennifer emerged as the best suited candidate and a fabulous fit. I’ve admired her professionalism for many years and feel fortunate to have placed her,” stated Teri Black, CEO of the search firm that performed the search on behalf of the City of Pasadena.

Indeed Jennifer brings a diverse mix of experience and expertise to Pasadena. For nearly 20 years, she has dedicated her career to public service – particularly municipalities in California. She currently serves as the City of Ventura’s Human Resources Director and was previously the Human Resources Manager in the City of Santa Clarita for many years. Her human resources management experience even extends to the east coast at the University of Florida.

In a recent statement, Jennifer said, “I’m ready to get to work, to meet and serve employees throughout the city, and to build upon Pasadena’s reputation as an employer of choice.”

Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  In addition, she holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Labor Relations Academy Masters (CLRM) certifications.  Actively engaged in the advancement of the public sector HR profession, Jennifer is the Chairperson of this year’s CALPELRA Annual Conference currently taking place in Monterey, California.

STELLAR TALENT: Teresia Zadroga-Haase, recent HR Director placement with the City of Manhattan Beach, sets tone for teamwork and service

In a recent article published in the Beach Reporter, the community of Manhattan Beach gained rare insight into the function of their new Human Resources Director, a role that is normally very behind-the-scenes. In that piece, Teresia explained her three goals in every interaction between the city government and the public: “service, efficiency and safety.”

I (want) to improve customer service,” she said. “What can we streamline? How can we communicate better? How can we automate? … (How can we) promote a healthier and safer work environment?

Teresia says, “she’s thrilled to be part of the executive team…they are a really good team, really passionate people that care about this community and the work that they’re doing. It’s so fulfilling to be in an environment where that’s the mood.”

To read the full article, click here

TB&Co. was trusted to handle the recruitment of Teresia in 2015. The firm is currently managing searches for the City’s Director of Information Technology and Economic Vitality Manager.

PREMIER SERVICE:   Fire Chief Bradley Wardle joins TBC as Senior Recruiter

Chief Bradley Wardle

The change of seasons also welcomed more corporate changes in TB&Co. This week, the executive search firm announced that Bradley Wardle, who most recently served as Fire Chief in Mountain View, California, has joined the team as a Senior Recruiter. “The addition of Bradley adds to the rock star caliber of our expanding team. We are incredibly fortunate to have his talent, expertise, energy and dedication,” stated Teri Black, President/CEO of Teri Black & Co., LLC.

Chief Wardle has over 30 years of diverse experience in all areas of emergency response and management. He served as Fire Chief of the Mountain View Fire Department from April 2010 to May 2015. Prior to his service in the Silicon Valley, Chief Wardle invested the first 25 years of his career with the City of West Jordan, Utah, rising from the rank of firefighter to serving as the city’s Fire Chief for six years. During this time, he also served as Interim City Manager.

Chief Wardle has held numerous leadership and teaching positions—including serving as President of the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association and President of the Utah State Fire Chief’s Association. He is a long-time member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has taught courses in Emergency Services Public Administration as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Utah Valley University. His academic credentials include a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Studies and Economics from the University of Utah and an Associate of Arts in Fire Science from Utah Valley State College.

Outside of work Chief Wardle enjoys outdoor sports, gardening, studying history and riding his motorcycle. He lives in Herriman Utah with his wife to whom he has been married to for 30 years. They have three grown children and two dogs.