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.

PLACEMENT NEWS: Pasadena Names Two New Deputy Fire Chiefs

Following a six-month nationwide search, City of Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington announced the placement of two new Deputy Chiefs: Jon Trautwein as Deputy Chief of Operations and Eugene Campbell, Jr., as Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention and Administration.

As Deputy Chief of Operations, Jon brings over 21 years of experience in a wide variety of positions within the Pasadena Fire Department and has served as Acting Deputy Chief of Operations for the last ten months. His prior Department service includes four years as a Battalion Chief in the areas of Operations, Emergency Medical Services, and Training, and as a Fire Captain, Paramedic, and Firefighter. He also served four years as the Pasadena Fire Management Association President and seven years on the Pasadena Firefighters Association Board. In addition to recently completing the first year of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, Jon holds State of California Chief and Fire Officer Certifications and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge.

Gene brings 23 years of fire service experience from the Cities of Las Vegas and Dallas where he served respectively as Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief.   His extensive industry experience also includes community risk reduction, training, homeland security and overseeing major special events. Gene’s distinguished career in the fire service is supplemented by his most recent tenure as Director of Safety and Security for Plainfield (NJ) Public Schools. Early on in his career, Gene was a Police Officer with the North Las Vegas Police Department and also served in the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and the Naval Post Graduate School’s Executive Leadership program, holds Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence along with numerous other leadership credentials. Gene holds a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Work Force Education, both from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

It’s been an honor to be involved in helping Chief Washington build his team and expand on our contributions to this incredible city”, stated Teri Black, CEO of the search firm that specializes in local government placements.

PLACEMENT NEWS: Matthew E. Hawkesworth to serve as Pasadena’s new Finance Director

After a nationwide search we are happy to announce the City of Pasadena’s appointment of Matthew E. Hawkesworth as their new Finance Director. He will begin his new role on October 5, 2015.

With over 20 years in local government service, 14 of those years fulfilling roles in the city manager’s office. Matt currently serves as the Assistant City Manager in the City of Rosemead, California. In his own words, he described his commitment to public service, “Throughout my career in local government, it has been my goal to serve the citizens of each community with a high level of service. This has been accomplished by not only offering excellent customer service, but through building a financially stable community.”

Indeed, Matt’s accomplishments are significant. He was instrumental in reducing Rosemead’s unfunded OPEB liabilities by approximately $3.5 million, developing the city’s first strategic plan and incorporating new financial and human resource systems that maximized efficiency and use of city resources.

Mr. Hawkesworth brings strong managerial and financial experiences to help restore public confidence in our financial operations,” City Manager Beck said. “His experience overseeing departments and personnel at various levels will add to our existing Executive Leadership Team.”

The recruitment was led by Teri Black who added, “Given the complexity of challenges associated with this job, Matt brings just the right leadership style, attitude, fiscal acumen and uncompromising integrity needed to be successful. It’s a rare situation that required a unique set of skills and Matt is just the right person. Plus, the fact that he loves Pasadena as much as we do brings added value because it really is a special community!”

Pasadena’s new Finance Director earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of La Verne. In addition, Matt has completed numerous advanced courses in finance and accounting through the Government Finance Officers Association and is a graduate of the Claremont McKenna College Kravis Leadership Institute’s Leadership Academy.