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.
Talented recreation professional Noreen Bickel was chosen from a substantial pool of candidates as City of Brisbane’s Recreation Manager this summer. “We are excited to have placed Noreen with the City of Brisbane,” Julie Yuan-Miu, Senior Recruiter at Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive search firm specializing in local government placements, “she’s passionate about her work, brings fresh new approaches and has the necessary experience to excel in her new role.”
Prior to being named Brisbane’s new Recreation Manager, Noreen served as the City of Menlo Park’s Recreation Coordinator. Previous service in the City of Daly City as well as with the Burlingame Country Club helped her prepare for her recent advancement.
“The ‘City of Stars’ may be small, but it does not lack in vibrancy or sense of community, which mean a great deal to me. I am thrilled by the opportunity to serve in this this position,” said Noreen in a written statement.
Brisbane’s new Recreation Manager holds an MBA from Notre Dame De Namur University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation & Leisure Services from San Francisco State University.
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.
The Poway City Council unanimously selected Dan Singer as its new City Manager from among 65 candidates presented by Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive search firm based in Southern California.
Mayor Don Higginson commented, “Dan was the Council’s unanimous choice. He is a veteran City Manager who is highly qualified and will be a wonderful addition to City staff and the Poway community.” Mr. Singer is expected to begin work in Poway on June 1. Located in San Diego County, Poway serves just under 50,000 residents with a total operating budget of nearly $73 million.
Dan has more than 20 years of local government experience; he currently serves as City Manager of Goleta, a post he has held since September 2005. Goleta Mayor Michael Bennett praised Singer’s performance as City Manager, saying he had left the city as one of the safest in California, with stable finances and an impeccable staff.
Along with his extensive municipal experience and expertise, Dan has also served on numerous non-profit and civic organization boards. Prior to joining Goleta, he served as City Manager of Ojai in Ventura County for 12 years, having worked his way up from Assistant to the City Manager.
Singer received two master’s degrees: one in Political Science and one in Public Administration, both from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also holds a certificate in Conflict Resolution.
With a career spanning more than 15 years in local government with the City of Hesperia, Kim brings broad knowledge of city operations to Murrieta. She’s overseen the City Council and City Clerk offices, legislative programs, environmental programs, emergency management, information technology and community relations and special projects.
Kim led many successful projects, including one to secure over $19 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects and extensive community outreach programs. She also helped to reduce economic stress in the community related to foreclosures with a neighborhood revitalization program. A true generalist, Kim also has extensive experience working with elected and appointed officials, as well as being a key member of Hesperia’s leadership team.
“I know she’ll excel as a crucial member of our executive team,” said City Manager Rick Dudley in a recent interview. “I looked for an organization that had the values that I share,” the candidate stated in describing why the Murrieta opportunity was the ideal next step in her career.
Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. She begins her new career with the City of Murrieta in March 2014.
We are excited to announce our first placement of 2014: Ms. Rosemary Menard, City of Santa Cruz’ new Water Director. Menard begins her new position in Santa Cruz with more than 30 years experience in water planning and management, as well as regulatory and environmental issues.
“We are very pleased to have Ms. Menard come aboard at a critical point in our water supply discussions,” said Santa Cruz City Manager Martín Bernal in statement. “She brings a wealth of leadership and experience in water operations, conservation, administration and policy to our organization.
In a recent interview, Menard said she pursued the Santa Cruz job because “I feel like the kind of strategic and analytical and public participation experience I have lend themselves to tackling big thorny issues.”
Menard’s previous leadership includes two roles within Washoe County, Nevada government and various management positions in the Portland (Ore.) Water Bureau and Seattle Water Department. Menard has received the Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. The San Leandro native received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington.
Menard takes the post as Santa Cruz undertakes a new public-led study of how to manage its drought-prone water supply for 90,000 customers with an eye toward long-term sustainability.
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
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.