STELLAR TALENT: Burlingame Appoints New Human Resources Director

The City of Burlingame welcomes Sonya Morrison as its new Human Resources Director. Appointed after a nationwide search, Sonya brings a broad range of experience in both administration and human resources to her new position.

Sonya served most recently as Senior Human Resources Analyst in the City of San Mateo, where she was responsible for a variety of employee and labor relations functions. She has nearly a decade of experience in positions throughout San Mateo County and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and has developed a wide local government skill set in working with employees and labor groups, as well as in management of human resources and administrative services.

Sonya holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Geography and English from James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by HR Certification Institute and a CALPELRA Labor Relations Masters (CLRM) and has completed advanced training from a variety of institutions, including the Executive Development Program from the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) at Berkeley University.

Congratulations Sonya!!

STELLAR TALENT: Ventura’s New Director of Human Resources

After a competitive nationwide recruitment process, Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins announced the appointment of Elizabeth Foushee as the City’s new Director of Human Resources.

Elizabeth arrived in Ventura with over 30 years of human resource and personnel management experience. She has spent the last 20 years with the City of Simi Valley, most recently managing and directing the Human Resource function for the 600-employee organization, and has experience in human resource positions with the City of Thousand Oaks, the City of Ventura, and the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Cal Lutheran University and holds SHRM-SCP and IPMA-CP certificates.

“Elizabeth has a broad, diverse, and deep technical background in the profession,” said City Manager Mark Watkins. “She is interested in fostering teamwork, employee development, and providing excellent service to the community.”

Elizabeth assumes her new position in March and will oversee a staff of 11 and a department budget of $13.8 million.

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

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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 http://bit.ly/1jOAKec

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.

PLACEMENT NEWS: City of Long Beach Appoints Alejandrina “Alex” Basquez as Human Resources Director

The City of Long Beach was pleased to welcome Alejandrina “Alex” Basquez as their new Human Resources Director earlier this month following a nationwide search.

Long Beach City Manager Pat West noted that Alex’s extensive background and varied experience make her ideal for the position. “Her commitment to public sector service and track record of implementing innovative human resource solutions will be a great addition to our City Management Team,” he said.

Alex previously served as Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Personnel Department, where she oversaw a staff of 142 full-time employees and a variety of citywide programs. She has over 26 years of professional experience in the public sector and brings skills in both human resource management and labor relations to her new position. In Long Beach, Alex has a full-time team of 42 and a budget of just under $21 million.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to serve the Long Beach community and lead the Human Resources Department,” said Alex. “I believe human resource management is key to a City’s success because it can enable City departments to deliver programs and services in the most efficient manner possible and provide a quality customer service experience for City residents.”

The City’s newest HR Director holds an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. She is a Long Beach native who graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School.