Teri Black-Brann, President/CEO
Teri has been dedicated to public sector executive search since 1999. Serving communities with populations over 1 million to towns as small as 2,000, she has built a substantial base of clients across the Western United States that continually rely upon her personalized service and recruitment expertise. Her clients also include special districts, utility agencies and non-profit organizations.
Before entering the executive search field, Teri enjoyed a successful career in local and federal government, serving in management positions where she oversaw public safety, finance, human resources, communications, public/legislative affairs, information technology and strategic planning. In the prior Presidential Administration, Teri served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office where she managed a $2 billion annual budget and a staff of over 200.
Teri earned her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. She is a founding committee member of Cal-ICMA's Preparing the Next Generation initiative and holds active memberships in numerous professional associations serving the public sector.
Joseph E. Brann, Vice President
For the past three decades, Joe Brann has been a nationally recognized expert in policing and contemporary law enforcement practices. Having established his consulting firm almost 10 years ago, a substantial portion of his practice is dedicated to individual and organizational performance improvement. He has extensive experience in public sector training and human resources issues, and provides assistance to high level and complex TBC assignments. After coming up through the ranks in the Santa Ana, CA Police Department, he served as Police Chief of the Hayward, CA Police Department before becoming the first Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services/U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration. While in Washington, Joe administered over $8 billion in community policing grants for local government entities across the country. Since leaving federal service, he has served as a consultant to cities and counties throughout the nation specializing in public safety issues with a focus on improving managerial performance and accountability in police organizations.
Joe holds a MPA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. Joe is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Carolyn Seeley, Senior Recruiter
Carolyn has over 20 years of human resources experience and has personally assisted Teri with close to 100 local government recruitments. She provides invaluable support to TBC engagements by conducting extensive research and generating referrals from non-traditional sources. In addition, Carolyn plays a critical role in TBC's extensive outreach work which is often the key to finding the most impressive candidates.
In addition to her recruiting work, Carolyn also has extensive experience in employee relations, employee benefits, compensation, training, and human resource information systems. She earned her MBA degree from Pepperdine University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Steve Parker, Senior Recruiter
With 33 years of fire service experience, Steve assists TBC with the firm's public safety related recruitments. Chief Parker's affiliation with TBC began in 2007. After rising through the ranks in the Huntington Beach, CA Fire Department, he served as the City of Vernon's Fire Chief from 2001-2005. His professional experience ranges from large to small departments and he is frequently called upon for his wide range of expertise. Since retiring, Chief Parker has served as an Interim Chief for the Cities of Costa Mesa, Hermosa Beach and Newport Beach. Throughout his career, he has served in leadership positions such as on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association, President of the EMS section of the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association, and with the Huntington Beach Chief Fire Officers Association and the Firefighters Association Board of Directors.
Chief Parker earned his Master's in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.
Serving as TBC's Engagement Manager & Executive Assistant, Tracey is responsible for managing the numerous administrative activities associated with TBC recruitments. From overseeing the firm's massive database, ensuring contractual requirements are met, and interacting with candidates to coordinating background checks, she is involved in all aspects for the search process.
Tracey brings over a decade of invaluable project management experience to TBC. Prior to joining the firm, she held a variety of finance, IT and project management related positions with Northrop Grumman and Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Tracey serves as the consultants' "right hand" ensuring that all client and candidate needs are met in superior fashion.
Serving as Special Projects Manager & Assistant to the CEO, Cindi is charged with overseeing special projects for the firm such as implementing new software, designing our approach to social media, keeping our operations as green as possible - all things related to keeping us on our toes when it comes to efficiency and accountability.
Cindi holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University.
When needed, TBC calls upon the experience of technical experts to provide specialized service to clients. The following individuals are Affiliates of the firm and are frequently recommended for assignments requiring their unique expertise.
James Gardiner is the owner/principal of James Gardiner Associates, a consulting firm providing strategic management services and personnel investigations to organizations and individuals in the public and private sector. Areas of specialization include strategic planning, organizational analysis, team building, leadership development, forensic audits, background investigations, and internal personnel investigations.
Jim is a licensed private investigator and has conducted, supervised and managed hundreds of investigations (civil and criminal) involving line and management personnel throughout his career. As such, he is uniquely qualified to conduct hostile work environment, dishonesty, sexual harassment, excessive force and other sensitive employee misconduct cases. In addition, Jim has conducted and overseen hundreds of background investigations for all hiring levels, including executive appointments being handled by TBC.
As an educator, he has presented classes and seminars for various colleges and provides instruction for the California Peace Officers Association. Jim remains active in the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Peace Officers Association, having served as a board member and President in both organizations respectively.
Prior to starting his consulting firm, Jim served with the Los Angeles, Newport Beach and San Luis Obispo Police Departments for 35 years, including 15 years as Chief of Police for the City of San Luis Obispo. He received a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Cal State University Long Beach and a Master's in Management from the University of Redlands. Jim is a graduate of the California Law Enforcement Command College and the FBI National Academy.
Mary Egan assists local government agencies with both human resources and organizational effectiveness advisory work. While with Shannon Associates, Mary managed recruitments for virtually all high-level council and manager appointed executives, and complex human resources assessments for large and complex clients. She has consulted with many high profile clients since starting her own firm, Mary Egan Consulting, in 2001.
Mary is highly skilled at negotiations and investigations, and often uses these skills along with experience in strategic planning and interest-based problem resolution. As a licensed private investigator, she regularly conducts investigations concerning misconduct, harassment or poor management practices. Mary assists agencies with analysis of grievance and discipline problems in an effort to identify core problems and deficiencies and recommending remedial procedures. She also facilitates staff retreats, team-based problems solving and labor management committees, serves as a neutral fact finder in resolution of employer/employee issues and works with elected boards to define the performance expectations of their key managers.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mary held key positions with both the City of San Jose (where she was the Employee Relations Officer and Chief Negotiator) and the City of Sacramento where she served in various capacities. She is a recognized expert in municipal government interest arbitration. Mary earned her Bachelor's degree from UC Davis in Applied Behavioral Sciences where she was named Outstanding Female Graduate and she holds an MPA from San Francisco State University.
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