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July 31, 2009
CITY HALL — City Manager Mike Flad on Wednesday named William Yeomans to the post of interim Financial Service Director, relieving Deputy City Manager Justin Hess of his double duties. Yeomans, a 20-year veteran of financial administration, is scheduled to begin work Monday. “In these challenging economic times, having someone with his expertise in municipal finance is essential,” Flad said. Hess, who served as interim director since April 2008, worked in both capacities since being named deputy city manager in January.
May 25, 2005
Mark R. Madler The title of interim Burbank fire chief was passed Tuesday to a 25-year veteran of the department, three weeks after his predecessor's resignation. Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Pansini will take charge of the department from Rick Mehling, a former battalion chief who stepped out of retirement to take over the interim reins following the July 2004 retirement of Chief Mike Davis. "It's a new chapter for us to set some goals and move forward," Pansini said.
December 19, 2009
The badly needed course correction for Burbank’s Police Department took a significant step forward this week with the naming of Scott LaChasse, a 32-year LAPD veteran, as the interim chief. He joins former U.S. Atty. in Los Angeles Debra Wong Yang, a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and Merrick Bobb, director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, sharing in what has become a heavy burden. There are the officer lawsuits and investigations into police misconduct to contend with.
August 8, 2001
Gary Moskowitz RANCHO DISTRICT -- As former Burbank Unified School District business manager Mike Bush heads to greener pastures -- and promotional opportunities -- in Santa Paula, Richard Canady will leave that district to take over as interim chief business official in Burbank. Canady, who was unavailable for comment, had been serving an interim position in Santa Paula prior to taking Burbank's offer. Burbank Unified will pay Canady an estimated $48,000 for his term, which began in July and runs through December.
By By Mark R. Madler | January 25, 2006
DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- Interim Fire Chief Tracy Pansini was named Monday as the city's new fire chief, giving the department its first permanent leader in more than a year. Pansini was excited about the new job, adding that his time as interim chief will help him deal with its challenges. "I'm glad I had the chance to do the job the past eight months," Pansini said. "It gave me a good example of what the position entails." Pansini, a 26-year veteran of the department, supervised the response to wildfires in the Verdugo Mountains above the city, which burned 1,100 acres of brush in late September and early October.
May 21, 2003
Library Services Director Among the items new Library Services Director Sharon Cohen has discovered being used as bookmarks over the years: a $100 bill, love letters and toilet paper. But a fried egg found in the pages of a cookbook tops the list. After 25 years in the Burbank library system that included stints as branch supervisor and interim library services director, Cohen was appointed to her new post last month by City Manager Mary Alvord. "There's nothing like being able to connect a person to the information they want," said Cohen, who will make between $7,450 to $9,051 per month in her new position.
By Michael J. Arvizu | March 13, 2010
It seems to be the running joke at La Cañada Congregational Church that the Rev. Skip Lindeman has been the interim interim pastor for the last seven years . It was supposed to be a position the former broadcaster was to have held for only a few months, but he ended up staying for almost a decade. If I didn?t know any better, I?d say the Central Assn. of the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, La Cañada Congregational Church?s governing body, just said, ?
By Brice Tidwell | February 27, 2008
We all know that emergency shelters aren’t an endgame solution for the chronically homeless (“Council questions shelter,” Jan. 23). Many of us understand, however, the role they must play in the interim. For years, the daunting question has been, “How do we move beyond the interim?” And in the meantime, the “interim” has become the status quo. The question often proves so daunting as to discourage our engagement at all. But even though I’m without an answer, I still want to engage the question.
By Grant Gordon, | November 13, 2013
Riding a two-fight winning streak in which he's looked mighty effective, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian is looking to ride his wave of momentum north and pick up a belt along the way. Papazian will face off with Russell Doane on Thursday night in the headliner for Tachi Palace Fights 17 “Fall Brawl” for the organization's interim bantamweight title at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.  Papazian (17-10), a former King of the Cage champion and three-time Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, trains at Burbank Gracie Barra under the tutelage of Alberto Crane and possesses an exciting stand-up game and reputation for putting on thrilling fights.
April 10, 2013
Scott LaChasse -- Burbank's interim police chief who was brought on three years ago to reform a department plagued with allegations of excessive force, discrimination and sexual harassment -- has been appointed to the position permanently, effective immediately, officials announced Wednesday. During his tenure in Burbank, LaChasse has instituted several reforms to the police department, “offering stability” through reorganization, strengthening internal affairs investigation procedures, improving officer training and creating contemporary use of force policies and review procedures, Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp, who made the decision, said in a statement.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | February 15, 2013
Facing criticism that she used a Burbank Unified school board candidate's political consulting company for her election campaign, Interim City Clerk Zizette Mullins this week called it a “non-issue.” Mullins, who is seeking election to the post after being appointed to fill a vacancy, said she didn't know school board candidate Steve Ferguson was associated with the company. And Mullins said that all transactions were done through Devin Cotter, who she did not realize was business partners with Ferguson until well after the fact.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | December 8, 2012
The office of city treasurer is one race Burbank residents won't have to worry about, with Debbie Kukta - the former school board member who was appointed to fill the vacated post - facing no opposition for her seat. Interim City Clerk Zizette Mullins, however, will face two challengers in the Feb. 26 primary, Nonna von Sonn and Maria Gloria Salas. Mullins was also appointed to fill the vacancy, and so is running for the first time. CITY CLERK CANDIDATES Zizette Mullins Age: 50 Occupation: interim Burbank city clerk Zizette Mullins was appointed as Burbank city clerk in June after a 25-year career working in multiple departments for the city of Glendale.
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.
August 3, 2012
Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert narrowly beat out a 23-year-old former parks commissioner Thursday night to become the city's newest school board member. Dilibert, 48, replaces Debbie Kutka, who vacated her seat on the board to become interim city treasurer. His appointment during a late night special meeting Thursday isn't his first. In 2006 and 2007, he sat on the school board on an interim basis when Paul Krekorian stepped down for a seat in the state Assembly - experience that helped him when the votes were cast.
July 25, 2012
Burbank's newly appointed treasurer and city clerk were sworn in at City Hall Tuesday night, telling the crowd that they looked forward to fulfilling their roles that were opened when their predecessors retired early. City Treasurer Debbie Kutka - who left her seat on the Burbank Unified school board for the appointment - and Zizette Mullins, a former Glendale city official, were sworn in by the Deputy City Clerk Susan Doman at the City Council meeting. Kukta has said she would also step down as president of KO Properties, based in Glendale, to take the city treasurer position.
By Megan O'Neil, | July 6, 2012
Burbank Unified officials have set in motion steps to replace outgoing school board President Debbie Kukta via a special appointment. Kukta announced her resignation last week after being appointed interim city treasurer by the Burbank City Council. The remaining board members will follow a traditional rotation, with Vice President Larry Applebaum assuming the presidency and Clerk Dave Kemp assuming the vice presidency. “It is going to be a big set of shoes to fill, whoever takes the seat she occupies right now,” Applebaum said as he bid farewell to Kukta during her final school board meeting Thursday.
By Maria Hsin, | April 27, 2012
The Burbank City Council this week decided to appoint interim replacements for City Clerk Margarita Campos and City Treasurer Donna Anderson - both of whom plan to retire from their elected posts early - rather than hold a special election. Campos and Anderson, who each have held their elected positions for more than a decade, will be retiring on June 1 and July 7, respectively - roughly a year before their terms are set to end in May 2013. Campos, who has worked for the city in various capacities since 1974, said in an interview that the time was right for her to go. “The time comes in everybody's life when they need to make a decision in their personal life,” she said, adding that it was about priorities.
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