Category Archives: Second Floor

Hittle’s lawsuit

Fire Chief Ron Hittle, who was placed on leave in March, has sued to prevent being fired altogether. Read his lawsuit for yourself here.

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More City Hall exits

Two more City Hall retirements were announced today: • City Clerk Katherine Gong Meissner is retiring after 30 years at City Hall. Meissner, 55, started in 1981 as a recording secretary to the Planning Commission and has served as Stockton’s city clerk for more than 15 years. She announced her retirement to her staff this […]

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Maestretti on his way out

Budget Officer and numbers guru Joe Maestretti is leaving Stockton City Hall after 20 years. He started in the Police Department as a fiscal manager and since 2006 has worked in the city manager’s office, 2 1/2 years as budget officer. Reached this morning, Maestretti, 54, said he’s taking a job as the finance and […]

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Attitude adjustment, and fire chief put on the spot

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Madison leaving

Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison is leaving City Hall for a job leading an area water district, he announced today. Madison, 48, is a 20-year city of Stockton employee and took over the utilities department in 2002. He oversaw the beginning and end of Stockton’s bid to privatize its waterworks, and he helped usher in […]

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New face at City Hall, and other quick items

•Today is new Deputy City Manager Mike Locke‘s first day. •Here’s the agenda for tomorrow night’s City Council meeting. Pretty light agenda. •The San Francisco Giants trophy arrives in Stockton on Jan. 19. Here’s more info on the event from a city press release. •In case you missed it, our story Sunday outlined how much […]

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Proposed HR interim official worked with Deis in Sonoma County

On Tuesday, the City Council will consider a contract for an temporary Human Resources head (Dianna Garcia and City Manager Bob Deis agreed to part ways last month) whose focus will be strategizing and assisting in upcoming labor talks. Deis is proposing to hire Ann Goodrich, who was his Human Resources director when he was […]

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Garcia’s exit pact, comments and last e-mail

Space was very tight in today’s paper, so our story about changes in City Hall leadership was cut pretty short. Keep reading for additional information on Human Resources Director Dianna Garcia’s abrupt exit, including comments from her and City Manager Bob Deis that didn’t make it into the paper and the last e-mail she sent […]

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City attorney contract

Nearly three months after the City Council promoted him – and at the first council meeting after the elections – council members are poised to approve a contract with City Attorney John Luebberke on Tuesday. The five-year contract (with automatic one-year renewal) pays him $205,000 annually in base salary. And speaking of Tuesday’s agenda, here […]

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City Hall retreat

Entering his fifth month on the job, City Manager Bob Deis is slowly paving a path for City Hall and developing his team. On Tuesday, he organized an off-site retreat at an Acampo winery for his city department heads to discuss goals and long-term planning issues – to, as he said, “get off the treadmill, […]

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