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.

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 http://wi.st/1YGT4W1

Santa Clara’s new City Librarian to continue with innovative approach to community services

Hilary Keith, Santa Clara City Librarian

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 management, Hilary is a seasoned professional, adapt at developing and creating relationships with the community, as well as the city council and municipal departments, enabling her to accomplish community projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Hilary is an award-winning leader in her field and previously held roles as the Director of Library and Cultural Services (City of Santa Fe Springs, CA) and Senior Administrative Librarian (Orange County Public Library).  She was instrumental in the successful completion of a $6 million library renovation project; was able to navigate a 10% budget cut without affecting community services; and modernized satellite libraries to better serve the community.

Spending a significant amount of her personal time in community outreach activities, Hilary is dedicated to serving the needs of neighborhoods, including those of the individual, family and local business.  In Santa Clara, Hilary will oversee a full-time staff of 46 and an annual budget of $7.6 million.

Hilary obtained her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and currently sits on the California Library Association Board of Directors.

City of Aliso Viejo names new City Manager

David Doyle City Manager City of Aliso Viejo

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 government, Doyle brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the young city.  We are very proud of this placement and wish both the City of Aliso Viejo and David Doyle all the best in the upcoming years.

Weimiller’s new role as City Administrator for the City of Lompoc, CA.

Patrick Wiemiller, Lompoc City Administrator
Patrick Wiemiller, Lompoc City Administrator

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 look forward to working with the City Council, staff and community to enhance Lompoc’s economic vitality and build upon the city’s numerous assets,” offered Wiemiller.

Please join us in welcoming Weimiller to the City of Lompoc as he begins his new role on January 6, 2014.

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December 3, 2013
Contact: Mayor John Linn
(805) 315-7058

Lompoc Names New City Administrator

The Lompoc City Council announced the selection of a new City Administrator this evening. Patrick Wiemiller, who currently serves as the City of Fresno’s Public Works and Public Utilities Director, has been named as the Council’s unanimous choice to lead the full-service city with nearly 400 employees.

Mayor John Linn made the announcement at the December 3rd regularly scheduled City Council meeting. “Patrick brings an impressive level of executive management and leadership experience to the City and is well-equipped to help lead our organization for many years to come,” commented the Mayor. “We had a number of highly qualified candidates who were attracted to Lompoc, however, Patrick’s history of public service excellence and efficiency in California stood out,” he added.

Wiemiller currently oversees both the Public Works and Utilities Departments for the City of Fresno, where he has served for nearly 13 years. He is responsible for overseeing a total of 887 employees and an annual budget of over $574 million. According to the candidate, he was attracted to the Lompoc opportunity because of the City’s strong sense of community and promising potential. “I am thrilled to be the individual chosen and look forward to working with the City Council, staff and community to enhance Lompoc’s economic vitality and build upon the city’s numerous assets,” offered Wiemiller.

To date in his career, Wiemiller has served local government in the Central Valley including the City of Tracy and the Fresno Irrigation District, in addition to the City of Fresno. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University at Fresno and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Finance from the same institution.

Lompoc’s new City Administrator will be paid a base salary of $175,000. Wiemiller is scheduled to begin serving in his new role beginning on January 6, 2014, pending the completion of pre-employment checks required for all new city employees.

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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:

1. Lead by Example: The behavior of the top executive sets the tone and example for the rest of the organization.

2. Accountable: Is 100% accountable for work performance of all those s/he leads, and embraces the responsibility of holding team members accountable.

3. Superior Interpersonal Skills: Masters the art of being able to connect with anyone regardless of title or role. S/he exhibits a genuine interest in everyone with whom s/he engages.

4. Not Entitled by Title: Whether a CEO of a major corporation or a high level government official, the most effective leaders don’t let their titles define them or allow it to inflate their egos.

5. Careful Listeners and Observers: Part of being an outstanding communicator means being a thoughtful listener. Great leaders are adept at not only processing information, but weighing in at the right time as well. In addition, they are lifelong students of human behavior.

6. Unequivocal Standards: Respected executives hold the line when it comes to realizing exceptionally high standards and expectations. High standards influence corporate culture along with the feel and durability of the brand.

7. Invests Time Wisely: Simply stated, being a good time manager helps one balance the never ending stream of competing priorities that are common to any CEO’s universe.

8. Seeks Advice and Counsel: Confident in his/her own abilities, adept leaders don’t hesitate to tap the knowledge and skills of their vast network. They appreciate the power of seeking advice and counsel of others instead of viewing this as a weakness.

9. Invites the Ideas of Others: The best at the top respect that innovation and solutions can come from anywhere and anyone. Their openness and proactive pursuit of ideas can enhance a collaborative culture and strengthen the creativity of any team.

10. Unflappable Demeanor: Whether there’s a natural disaster, major operational breakdown, or some other kind of drama, truly effective leaders are cool, calm and collected – regardless of the circumstance.

These are characteristics that should be evaluated during the interview process. For candidates, this is a helpful list that can help you define and articulate the strength of your individual leadership profile. For the hiring decision makers and influencers, this list can be used to inspire relevant interview questions that dive deeper into specific sociological dynamics of your desired executive. The good news is these characteristics can be learned, and by becoming aware of them, you can consciously strive to refine how they are practiced. After all, the best leaders lead by example.

Permission to reprint granted so long as article is published in its entirety and author is credited with the following:

Teri Black is a lifelong student of high performance and success and is President/CEO of a Los Angeles-based executive search firm dedicated to serving the public sector. Teri Black & Company, LLC has recruited hundreds of local government executives for communities across the western United States.

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