Personnel and Employee Relations

The major activities of the Personnel and Employee Relations Department include providing networking opportunities, fostering professional development through a variety of training opportunities and services, and serving as a technical and advisory resource to Cal Cities through appointed policy committee representatives. 

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Department Goals and Activities
Made up of human resource professionals from across the state, the Personnel and Employee Relations Department: 

  • Promotes the purposes and goals established in the League of California Cities bylaws. 
  • Serves as a resource to the membership of the department and other departments of Cal Cities in their dealings with human resource, personnel and employee relations issues. 
  • Assists in the sponsoring and support of necessary and desirable legislation to benefit municipalities, and to assist in opposing unfavorable legislation. 
  • Provides a unifying structure for human resource administrators to contribute to the purposes of the Cal Cities. 
Department Officers

President - Jamie Cannon, Director of Human Resources, Rohnert Park 
First Vice President - Kari Mendoza, Administrative Services Director, Beaumont 
Second Vice President - Michael Horta, Human Resources Director, Morgan Hill 
Department Director* - LaTanya Bellow, Deputy City Manager, Berkeley 
Past President - Lisa Murphy, Deputy City Manager, Santa Cruz 

*Department Director serves for a two-year term.

Policy Committee Representatives

Appointed by the department president, each department has at least one representative on each of Cal Cities standing seven policy committees that can provide technical information to the committee as a whole to ensure that the department has a voice in the decision-making process, and make recommendations to the board of directors on legislative and policy issues.

2023 Policy Committee Representatives

  • Community Services – Vacant
  • Environmental Quality – Paolo Beltran, Deputy City Manager, Lakewood
  • Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations – George Harris, Director of Finance, Lancaster
  • Housing, Community, and Economic Development – LaTanya Bellow, Deputy City Manager, Berkeley
  • Public Safety – LeeAnn McPhillips, Administrative Services and Human Resources Director, Gilroy
  • Revenue and Taxation –  Robert Neiuber, Human Resources Director, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Transportation, Communication, and Public Works – Lucy Garcia, Assistant City Manager, Alhambra

 For more information about the appointment process, please contact Meg Desmond.

Upcoming Events


October 16-18, 2024
Annual Conference and Expo

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Contact Staff

McKelvey, Meghan
Meghan McKelvey
Department and Member Services Manager
(916) 658-8253

Isaac Black
Administrative Associate, Member Services