Teri Black & Company LLC.

the team

Teri Black, President & Founder

Teri Black, President & Founder

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 42nd 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.

Joe Brann, CEO & Policing Expert

Joe Brann, CEO & Policing Expert

Joe Brann is the founder and CEO of Joseph Brann & Associates (JBA), a subsidiary consulting firm of TB&Co. exclusively dedicated to improving accountability and performance in police departments. For more than twenty years his firm has assisted police and sheriff’s departments with improving their policing strategies, modernizing service delivery, and engaging the community with police as co-producers of public safety. In addition to being the company’s CEO, Joe serves an advisor on all of TB&Co.’s law enforcement related searches.

Joe began his law enforcement career with the Santa Ana, CA Police Department – one of the earliest pioneers in the community policing movement. In 1989 he was appointed to serve as Chief of Police in Hayward, CA, where his vision and leadership in successfully integrating community policing principles and problem-solving strategies were recognized at the state and national level and served as a model for other communities. Following passage of the 1994 Crime Act he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the founding Director for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) in the U. S. Department of Justice. Under Joe’s leadership, the COPS Office invested billions of dollars in the advancement of community policing through a variety of nationwide training initiatives, the addition of 100,000 community police officers, and numerous crime reduction and community building programs. During his tenure, he also established 3-1-1 as the national non-emergency number.

Mr. Brann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Tracey Carlson, Director Of Client & Candidate Care

Tracey Carlson, Director Of Client & Candidate Care

Tracey is responsible for managing the numerous administrative activities associated with TBC recruitments and special projects. From overseeing our massive database, ensuring contractual requirements are met and interacting with candidates to coordinating background checks, she is involved with all aspects of the search process.

Tracey brings over a decade of project management experience to TB&Co. 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 Teri’s invaluable “right hand” in ensuring that all client and candidate needs are met.

Suzanne Mason, Senior Recruiter

Suzanne Mason, Senior Recruiter

Suzanne has over 33 years of professional experience working with cities and counties in California as a local government administrator and human resources professional focusing on business process improvement, change management and improved human resource practices. Suzanne has worked to modernize and improve public sector recruitment and hiring practices throughout her career and recently was part of a multi-jurisdictional team that worked with the State of California to rewrite the State’s county personnel merit rules which were adopted in 2016. During her career she has worked with the City of Long Beach, Napa County, the City of Palo Alto and the City and County of San Francisco. With these jurisdictions she has served as Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Director of Human Resources and Director of Employee Relations, in addition to various departmental assignments. Suzanne has extensive experience with organizational change management, community and employee engagement, budgeting, as well as all areas of human resources management.

Suzanne earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Intergovernmental Management, and her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Suzanne also holds a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Suzanne has served as a member of Cal-ICMA’s Preparing the Next Generation Committee since its inception and was part of the team that transitioned to the effort to the Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative. Suzanne also serves as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Napa.

Tina White, Senior Recruiter

Tina White, Senior Recruiter

Tina White retired as City Manager of Poway, California in May, 2019. The City of Poway consistently ranked as one of California’s safest cities and among the best California cities in which to raise a family. As City Manager, Ms. White oversaw an operating budget of $90 million, a workforce of more than 200 full-time employees, and capital improvement projects totaling $34 million in fiscal year 2017-18. Prior to being appointed City Manager, Ms. White served as Poway’s Assistant City Manager for more than six years. As Assistant City Manager, she continued to lead labor negotiations with employee unions (a role she served for more than 10 years).

Ms. White worked in local government for more than 30 years, working for the cities of El Cajon and Poway and for Helix Water District. She began with Poway in 2001, starting as a management analyst and working her way up to Administrative Services Director in 2006, where she was responsible for human resources, finance, information technology, customer services and the water conservation team. She also worked for five years as a municipal law paralegal and legal administrator for a law firm that represented a number of cities and special districts in the San Diego area.

Over the course of her diverse and accomplished career, she successfully recruited and hired high-quality executive leaders, technical and professional staff, middle managers, and line staff. This included filling positions in highly regulated fields such as water treatment and distribution and wastewater, and specialized fields such as engineering and municipal/land use law. She attributes her success in recruitments to ensuring that she understood the needs of the position and the organization, looking beyond the job description. She also ensured the selected candidates not only had the necessary skills and abilities, but that they were the right “match” for the organization. This aptitude will help her bring forward the best available candidates and properly gauge their skills and fit with client organizations.

Since retiring, Ms. White also works as a senior advisor serving the consulting, administrative and project management needs of local government.

Ms. White is a member of the International City/County Management Association, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.

Elizabeth Emmett, Chief Communicator

Elizabeth Emmett, Chief Communicator

Elizabeth Emmett spent her 30-year career with Bay Area public agencies, working to recognize needs, strategize solutions and execute successful outreach campaigns. Having joined TBC in January 2020, she is the newest member of the team and is responsible for the firm's social media, branding and overall communications efforts.

In 2007, Elizabeth became the first Public Information Officer for the County of Napa, and built the program from scratch, managing the redesign of the County logo, website and style guide, as well as establishing the bedrock internal, external and media communications tools and practices serving all County departments. Seven years later, she was called to again create an entirely new program, this time at Napa Valley Unified School District, where she helped lead the organization through the 2014 Napa earthquake, the 2017 fires and other crises. She retired from NVUSD in early 2019.

During the worst of the California drought in the late 1980’s, Elizabeth was part of the award-winning public information team at Santa Clara Valley Water District, working to inform and educate more than a million customers. She continued her “water work” at Sonoma County Water Agency in the early 2000s, followed by a stint at CirclePoint, an award-winning environmental, marketing and community outreach based in San Francisco. Elizabeth headed up the North Bay office in Napa, working on transportation and water projects throughout the region.

Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Journalism from Minnesota State University Mankato. She has served in several Board positions, including president, for the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). She is based in Napa.

Bradley Wardle, Senior Recruiter

Bradley Wardle, Senior Recruiter

Chief Wardle has over 30 years of diverse experience in all areas of emergency response and management. He served as Fire Chief of the Mountain View Fire Department from April 2010 to May 2015. Prior to his service in the Silicon Valley, Chief Wardle invested the first 25 years of his career with the City of West Jordan, Utah, rising from the rank of firefighter to serving as the city’s Fire Chief for six years. During this time, he also served as Interim City Manager.

Chief Wardle has held numerous leadership and teaching positions—including serving as President of the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association and President of the Utah State Fire Chief’s Association. He is a long-time member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has taught courses in Emergency Services Public Administration as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Utah Valley University. His academic credentials include a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Studies and Economics from the University of Utah and an Associate of Arts in Fire Science from Utah Valley State College.

Outside of work Chief Wardle enjoys outdoor sports, gardening, studying history and riding his motorcycle. He lives in Herriman, Utah with his wife to whom he has been married to for 30 years. They have three grown children and two dogs.

Cindi Maudlin, Special Projects Manager

Cindi Maudlin, Special Projects Manager

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.

Lucia Vo

Lucia Vo

Lucia interfaces extensively with our candidates and works alongside Tracey to help ensure our clients and candidates receive the proper care and support.  A great deal of her time is spent handling incoming calls, monitoring our online application system, responding to e-mails, and assisting candidates with their submissions.  
 
Lucia has worked in various administrative capacities in the private sector throughout Europe and the United States. She graduated from Technic University Kosice in Slovakia majoring in Business Administration.