Friday, December 02, 2011

City Confirms Hiring Francis as Assistant CEO

In a press release late today, Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell confirmed what we reported HERE yesterday - that Supervisor John Moorlach's Chief of Staff, Rick Francis, has been hired as Costa Mesa's Assistant Chief Executive Officer. According to Lobdell, Francis will be paid $144,048 in annual salary. The complete text of Lobdell's press release follows:

COSTA MESA, CALIF. - The City of Costa Mesa has hired Rick Francis—the chief of staff for Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach—as its assistant chief executive officer.

Francis, a Costa Mesa resident, has spent 22 years in government, the majority of the time working in the County of Orange and U.S. District Court probation departments as a counselor, officer and division director.

In December 2006, Francis was hired as Supervisor Moorlach’s deputy chief of staff, and in 2009, he was promoted to chief of staff. In that nonpartisan role, Francis was the lead policy advisor for the supervisor’s office, working with county, city and special district officials and Orange County residents on a variety of issues.

“As both a veteran of government and a Costa Mesa homeowner, I view as essential the difficult steps the City’s taking to create a sustainable fiscal model for the long-term benefit of everyone,” Francis said. “I’m excited to bring my expertise and passion to the effort.”

In addition to his government work, Francis, 49, was administrative pastor at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa for four years beginning in 2003.

“Costa Mesa is fortunate to get Rick, whose government expertise, effective management style, record of integrity and Costa Mesa residency make him the perfect fit for our City,” said Tom Hatch, the City’s chief executive officer.
Francis will begin working for the City as soon as the standard background check is completed. His annual salary will be $144,048. He and Dina, his wife of 23 years, have three children in college.

Hatch also commended Public Services Director Peter Naghavi for his outstanding work while serving as interim assistant chief executive officer since September.

“Peter stepped up when we really needed him and did an exceptional job,” Hatch said. “We’re not surprised because Peter is such a dedicated professional, but we are thankful.”

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Anonymous Welcome to the City of Costa Mesa. . .Good Luck! said...

I wish him the best of luck - - Hmmm I wonder if he was the only applicant that was a Costa Mesa resident?

Can he be bumped by anyone in management who received their 4th pink slip in the past 8-9 months?

12/02/2011 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Patrick D. said...

Great hire!

12/02/2011 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Callie said...

Leaves a sour taste in your mouth, he is hired the day you get your fourth pink slip. Money is spent left and right out of the General Fund. The Acting Development Services Director has all new furniture with accessories.. on the City's dime but at the same time they force a 5 year employee to seek employment on another floor.

12/03/2011 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Tamar said...

Callie--and other informed folks,

I had heard rumors before about refurbishing City Hall, so I included a question about it in a list I sent to Mr. Lobdell. Here is the question and his answer on October 31.

Me: What has been spent since November 2010 on rearranging and refurnishing/refurbishing City hall?
Lobdell: The City spent $8,000 for carpet in the finance department after a flood in late 2010 or early 2011. We hired some movers to bring the Housing and Community Development Department to the second floor. Nothing major.

How does Lobdell's answer square with your remarks? It's important to me to make only statements based on proven fact.

If you're sure that new furniture was bought, can you tell me how you know and how the timing of the new furniture relates to the October 31 answer from Mr. Lobdell?

I don't want you to get into any trouble. If you're an employee and your name identifies you, I'm sure that you have read, as I have, that the councilmen and their protectors scour this website.

I plan to be at the council meeting this Tuesday, December 6. I'm one of the reluctant regular speakers, so you might recognize me. Come say hello if you would like to.

12/04/2011 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Ghandi said...

Since Mr. Francis is a person of color, MM has to be spining like a top..

12/05/2011 06:36:00 AM  
Anonymous False Conspiracy said...


Maybe at the Council meeting you could communicate that you have researched a rumor and found it to be false.

Perhaps you could go on to caution those that are seeking a conspiracy theory that seeking the facts is necessary.

Even Geoff West often speaks first, then others have to correct him.

In the emotional arguments being made it is of vital importance to set the record straight.

Tamara, will you do this? Or do you only berate Council?

12/05/2011 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous West misses, again said...

Geoff West is a hater. Lots of examples.

Geoff seeks every opportunity to inform the lunatic fringe, yet misses key insights like a closed session item of litigation against one of the Costa Mesa boys in blue, for planting drugs.

Where is this story? Our fine neighbors to the south, Newport Beach, are about to discuss contracts with Police and Fire. These Union thugs behave just like they do in Costa Mesa, yet Geoff West is silent.

Come on people, hate the Council all you want. Just make sure you are vigilant in other areas, please.

12/05/2011 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

"hater", huh? And yet, here your are, spewing your venom... Closed session items are just that - closed session and not to be divulged - even if I knew about them.

If you feel there's not enough information being provided, how about you identify yourself and start your OWN blog, schmuck!

12/05/2011 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Not Surprised said...

Geoff, the one accusing you of being a hater already has his own blog. The problem is that no one reads his blog, so he is jealous. I read this quote once "People that call you a hater really don't hate you. In fact they hate themselves because you are a reflection of what they want to be, but they are too ashamed to admit it." Keep up the good work.

12/05/2011 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Tamar said...

False Conspiracy, there have been plenty of misstatements on both sides. I've spoken based on credible misinformation and have publicly acknowledged it and apologized when I have been mistaken.

Frankly, at the moment, I can't say for sure whether this particular rumor is true or false; I don't know.

Accuracy is important to me, and that's why I submitted questions to Mr. Lobdell rather than assuming that every rumor is true.

Geoff published my whole list of questions along with Mr. Lobdell's answers, so the information is there for the world to see. I'm impressed with Geoff's commitment to accuracy and confident in my own.

12/05/2011 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Identify Yourself said...

To False Conspiracy and many others:

I have an important request for you and for all other pro-council anonymous posters. Identify yourselves. Come to a council meeting and say, "My name is..., and I've been posting as ... and... and...." I will henceforth post only as (actual name). Then state your opinions on city matters.

I can clearly understand why city employees choose to post anonymously. Not only they, but also residents who have the tiniest bit of business with the city are afraid to identify themselves for fear of incurring the wrath and retribution of the councilmen. If I were a city employee, I wouldn't be identifying myself either.

But what about you? You have nothing to fear. Why don't you stand behind your statements? Why don't you have the courage of your convictions?

Are you really several dozen different people or, as the conspiracy theories go, are you a couple people posting as many?

I am Tamar, one of the reluctant, regular speakers. My name above is not a pseudonym, but my title for this post.

12/05/2011 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous unanimous said...

tamar, we do have something to fear: you and your group of liars and campaigners of personal destruction, not to mention rogue cops. why set ourselves up for disparagement. council speaks for us, that is enough. why do you care who we are anyway? to get at us?

12/06/2011 09:38:00 AM  

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