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January 17, 2013
Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes will take on a new role in City Hall this week as Burbank's community development director, officials announced Wednesday. Forbes, who spent 13 years in community development before serving in the city manager's office, will oversee city planning, building, license and code, transportation, housing, and economic development. “In some ways, I'm returning to my roots,” Forbes said in a statement. She was to start her new job on Saturday. Forbes replaces Greg Herrmann, who retired last month, and will continue her current duties as deputy city manager while Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp searches for an internal replacement, according to the city.
By Times Community News Staff | December 29, 2012
A massive manhunt for a missing FBI agent, the surprise departure of the city's chief executive, a National Teacher of the Year, tragic suicide and long-sought closure for the family of a murdered Burbank police officer. The year 2012 was full of twists and turns, surprise and tragedy. Here's a look back at some of the top stories that reverberated throughout the community, and far beyond. Burbank woman electrocuted trying to help motorist in crash A 40-year-old Burbank woman was one of two Good Samaritans who were electrocuted to death Aug. 22 after trying to help a motorist trapped inside his vehicle after a crash in Valley Village.
December 28, 2012
After 32 years with the Burbank Fire Department, Ray Krakowski retired on Friday. Krakowski rose through the department's ranks after starting in 1980 as a firefighter and paramedic, and later being promoted to engineer, captain and battalion chief. He was named interim fire chief in 2009, and was appointed to the position permanently the following year. He recently sat as acting city manager until the arrival of Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp on Dec. 3. Krakowski said his time in Burbank went by quickly.
December 3, 2012
Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski will be retiring this month after 32 years with the department, officials said Monday. His last day with the city will be Dec. 28.  “I understand he has been of great value to the community and he will truly be missed,” said Ken Pulskamp on his first day of the job Monday as interim city manager. Krakowski had been serving as acting city manager for the last five weeks in between former City Manager Mike Flad's departure and Pulskamp's arrival.
By Joyce Rudolph | November 20, 2012
Family Service Agency supporters recognized City Manager Mike Flad for his commitment to the city he grew up in and his sense of humor during the annual Imagine a City Gala held at Providence High School on Nov. 3. Flad has taken a job as city manager of South Gate and the Family Service gala was a chance for friends to wish him the best in the future. He received the agency's Mary Alice O'Connor Vision Award named for a beloved volunteer who gave 66 years of her life to supporting many organizations in town.
November 16, 2012
Two Burbank City Council members this week voiced qualms over a provision in the city's new nepotism policy that bans relatives of many City Hall executives and those serving on the dais from being municipal employees. The new rules - approved roughly four months ago by the Civil Service Board - affects relatives of the city manager, executives in the city manager's office, management service director and City Council members from working simultaneously for the city. Family members can be hired after the council members or city employees have completed their service to the city, according to the policy.
October 23, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, October 23. President Barack Obama will make a very quick stop in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. President Obama will tape an episode of “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Burbank Wednesday evening . He is slated to arrive in Los Angeles and 5:25 p.m. and scheduled to leave on Air Force One at 7:45 p.m. LAist The city of Burbank is set to name Ken Pulskamp as its interim city manager....
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | October 22, 2012
Following weeks of closed-door meetings, the Burbank City Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp as Burbank's interim city manager. He's slated to start on Dec. 3. The announcement follows City Manager Mike Flad's surprising decision last month to step down from his post. Though discussions to hire Pulskamp were secret, personnel decisions are legally shielded until being finalized. In an email he sent to city employees, Flad describes Pulskamp as a “seasoned and respected leader” and having the “knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully lead the transition of our city.” Pulskamp announced his intent to retire from Santa Clarita in August - he's been its city manager since 2002.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | October 20, 2012
Guidelines recently enacted to curb nepotism and dating in the workplace, improve morale and eliminate bias or favoritism among city workers and supervisors don't go far enough, one councilman says. The guidelines, drafted by city officials and commissioners over the course of a year, were approved by the Civil Service Board in July. The fact that the guidelines aren't part of the city's municipal code doesn't sit well with Councilman David Gordon, who argued that the policy shouldn't be altered on a whim.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | October 13, 2012
Burbank Interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse this week announced that the deputy chief and two captains he recruited nearly three years ago to serve on a temporary basis are now permanent employees of the police force - angering the police union president who said the move passed over qualified internal candidates. Deputy Chief Thomas Angel and captains Denis Cremins and Michael Albanese were brought on to assist LaChasse in his efforts to reform a police department beset with allegations of excessive use of force, cronyism, sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
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