The Cities Advisory Committee serves in an ad-hoc capacity and advises San Diego LAFCO on germane items of interest as requested by the LAFCO Chair or Executive Officer. The current Committee has been called by the Executive Officer to review and provide ongoing feedback to the Executive Officer on the FY2020 and FY2021 adopted workplans. All 18 cities in San Diego County are represented on the Committee by the city manager or their designee and have one vote. Each city may also appoint one or more alternates. The Executive Officer is also a non-voting member on the Committee and serves as moderator and is responsible for scheduling meetings. The current Committee roster is below.
Designee: Paz Gomez, Deputy City Manager
Paz Gomez is Deputy City Manager for Public Works with the City of Carlsbad. Ms. Gomez is a retired United States Navy officer and alumni of San Diego State, Troy and Stanford Universities. She is a registered professional civil engineer, certified energy manager and green building engineer.
Designee: Kelly Broughton, Planning Director
Mr. Broughton has been the City of Chula Vista’s Development Services Department Director for the past 6 years. Prior to that, he was San Diego’s Development Services Director where he worked for over 24 years. He’s been a recipient of the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award for excellence in city government and is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Kelly is a registered Landscape Architect and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.
Alternate Designee: Scott Donaghe, Principal Planner
Designee: Blair King, City Manager
Designee: Kristen Crane, Assistant City Manager
Kristen Crane serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Del Mar. She has 25 years of experience in local government management with five cities in California. Ms. Crane has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Alternate Designee: Scott Huth, City Manager
Designee: Vince DiMaggio, Assistant City Manager
Vince DiMaggio is an ICMA Credentialed City Manager who has served as city manager for cities in Texas and California. He currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for El Cajon. From 2002-2011, Vince served as the public member on the Monterey County Local Agency Formation Commission, (LAFCO), including two terms as Chair. He has Master’s degrees in both Public Administration and Law.
Designee: Karen Brust, City Manager
Karen Brust was appointed Encinitas City Manager in September 2015. She has over 30 years of experience in senior public sector management. Previously, she served as City Manager of the cities of Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano and has broad experience with city and special district management, extensive knowledge of organizational issues, and a pragmatic understanding of finance, water, economic development and capital project delivery. She has been an active member in the International City Managers Association for over 30 years. Karen holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Science from Central Connecticut State University.
Alternate Designee: Mark Delin, Assistant City Manager
Mark Delin has 35 years of experience serving in the public sector, including serving as Assistant City Manager with the Cities of Encinitas and Del Mar, Financial Services Manager with the San Diego County Water Authority, and in positions in waste management, environmental, and construction management with the County of Ventura and State of Missouri. Mark has managed the professional areas of finance, rate setting, public safety, human resources and environmental programs. Mark has Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Plant and Soil Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.
Designee: Jeff Epp, City Manager
Jeffrey Epp has been the City Manager for the City of Escondido the past two and half years, and prior to that, served 21 years as Escondido’s City Attorney. He holds a political science and law degrees from the University of Wyoming and has been a resident of Escondido for the past 34 years.
Designee: Steven Dush, Assistant City Manager
Steve Dush, AICP joined the City of Imperial Beach as the Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director in June of 2015. Over the past 25 years Steve has served in various planning and development roles in both the public and private sectors including: the Community Development Director for the City of Gainesville, Florida; the Planning Director for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado; Planning Manager for the City of Henderson, NV; Principal Planner for Clark County NV; Planning Manager for Planning Works, LLC; and Planning Manager/Principal Planner for Loveland, Colorado. Steve received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska. Steve is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the International City Management Association.
Alternate Designee: Andy Hall, City Manager
Designee: Kerry Kusiak, Planning Director
Kerry Kusiak is the Director of Community Development for the City of La Mesa. He has worked as a planning professional in San Diego County for over 20 years, including over 12 years in supervisorial and management positions. His career began with a year in Escondido followed by 18 years with the City of Encinitas prior to arriving at his current position in La Mesa.
Designee: Lydia Romero, City of Manager
Lydia Romero was appointed City Manager for the City of Lemon Grove in January 2016. Prior to her appointment, she was Deputy City Manager for the City of San Marcos for a little over 8 years. During her tenure at San Marcos, she oversaw nearly every function of the organization. Lydia served as Assistant to the City Manager for the City of San Rafael, a position she held close to 9 years. She also worked as a policy analyst for the League of California Cities for 3 years. She began her local government career in the City of Duarte, where she spent 5 years. Before her local government serve, she served a legislative intern for State Senator Robert Presley, in his Sacramento office. She is a San Marcos resident along with her two cats and is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach.
Designee: Brad Raulston, City Manager
Brad Raulston is the City Manager for the City of National City. National City was founded in 1887 and has 60,000 residents over nine square miles. It is located south of downtown San Diego and seven miles north of the Mexico border. Brad directs all development efforts for the City. Previous to assuming these duties in 2006, Brad worked exclusively in the private sector for several large land use and development companies in the San Diego region and was President of BiNOC, the Binational Organizing Committee, which organized a San Diego/Tijuana bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Brad currently works with many local non-profits including Olivewood Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, and ARTS (A Reason to Survive). Brad earned a degree in Economics and Political Science from UC Berkeley, studied urban design at the NewSchool of Architecture, and holds a Masters of Public Administration from San Diego State University.
Alternate Designee: Steve Manganiello, Public Works Director
Designee: Deanna Lorson, Assistant City Manager
Deanna Lorson is Assistant City Manager for the City of Oceanside and has been selected by the City Council to serve as Oceanside’s next City Manager, a role she will assume on October 15, 2019. Her career has spanned over thirty years in local government with four cities and one county, all in Southern California, and she has particular expertise in economic development and land use planning. Deanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and International Relations from the University of Redlands and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.
Designee: Chris Hazeltine, City Manager
Chris Hazeltine has worked in local government for more than 30 years. Currently serving as Poway’s City Manager, Hazeltine was previously the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Carlsbad. He has also served as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Encinitas and worked for the City of Oceanside. Hazeltine earned his bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University, then his master’s degree in organizational leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Alternate Designee: Wendy Kaserman, Assistant City Manager
Designee: Kris Michell, Chief Operating Officer
Alternate Designee: Ron Villa, ACOO
Designee: Jack Griffin, City Manager
Jack Griffin has served as San Marcos City Manager since June 2012. Prior to joining the San Marcos team, Griffin served as City Manager of Sebastopol, California (Sonoma County). He has also worked for the City of Chula Vista as the Public Works Director and General Services Director from 2000 – 2008. Prior to that Griffin worked at Moon Township, Pennsylvania as their Assistant Township Manager and Planning Director. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Griffin holds a bachelor of arts in environmental studies with a concentration in land use planning from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Designee: Marlene Best, City Manager
City Manager Marlene Best serves as the chief executive officer for the City of Santee. She was appointed by the City Council in February 2016. The City Manager’s Office oversees the day-to-day operations of the city and provides leadership, support and guidance to each of the city’s department directors and their staff. Best, who came to the job with 37 years of local government experience, previously worked in various management positions for five cities in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. She is an East County native who was born and raised in Lemon Grove. She has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from San Diego State University and is a graduate of Grossmont College and Helix High School.
Alternate Designee: Bill Maertz, Community Services Director
Designee: Patrick Johnson, City Manager
City Manager Patrick Johnson has served as the City Manager of Vista since 2012, beginning his career with the city in 1998. Mr. Johnson has served more than 23 years in local government and is a member of the International City/County Management Association. He is an alumni of San Diego State University.
Alternate Designee: John Conley, Planning Director