Bobbi C. Peckham, President
Bobbi Peckham is one of the West Coast’s leading local government recruiters and has over 30 years of experience in local government and executive recruitment.
Ms. Peckham began her career with the City of Naperville, Illinois, where she became familiar with all aspects of local government. In 1987, she was recruited to join the Executive Search practice of a leading California recruitment firm. She played an integral role in creating a national search business for what became the largest recruitment practice serving local government in the country. Here, she became Regional Director overseeing Northern California and a nine-state region.
In 2001, Ms. Peckham was invited to implement a public sector search practice for a Sacramento-based, private sector firm. With its significant success and her outstanding track record on local government placements, she chose to form her own search firm in partnership with Phil McKenney in 2004. Ms. Peckham has personally conducted hundreds of national searches throughout the Western United States. She has extensive experience working with elected bodies and local government administrators, listening to and understanding their needs in executive level placements.
Ms. Peckham received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. She is a contributing member of the International City/County Management Association and was instrumental in writing the ICMA’s Job Hunting Handbook for Local Government Professionals. She is also a supportive member of Women Leading Government, League of Women in Government, Municipal Management Association of Southern California, and Municipal Management Association of Northern California. She serves on the Planning Committee for the Annual Women’s Leadership Summit, managing all aspects of the event’s treasured Executive Roundtable Discussions. These roles not only enhance her presence in local government, but they speak to her strong commitment and reputation of integrity within the industry.
Phil McKenney, Chief Operating Officer
Phil McKenney has over 30 years’ management experience and is very familiar with local government agencies, having led a county organization and having worked with numerous city governments and special districts.
Mr. McKenney began his career in the resort and hospitality industry and served in executive management positions with Martha’s Vineyard as well as Keystone Resort in Colorado. Mr. McKenney later took over the helm of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce as their Executive Director. This hybrid-Chamber was the only countywide organization responsible for marketing all of Summit County, Colorado, home to Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper Mountain resorts. Through his leadership and collaborative style, and working with the cities and county within Summit County, he led the Chamber to being a readily recognized and well-respected organization within Colorado and the Western United States.
Mr. McKenney was then selected by Placer County, California to lead the merger of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the North Tahoe Visitors and Convention Bureau into the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. The Resort Association is now a proactive, nationally recognized organization whose model of governance is being replicated in numerous resort communities across the western United States.
Mr. McKenney joined Ms. Peckham as an executive recruiter in January 2003 and in partnership with her formed Peckham & McKenney in June 2004. He has personally conducted hundreds of national recruitments such as Town Manager, Town of Vail, Colorado; City Manager, City of Sedona, Arizona; Community Manager, The Sea Ranch, California; County Administrator, Teton County, Jackson, Wyoming; City Manager, City of Durango, Colorado; General Manager, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Kings Beach, California; and numerous public safety and department head positions as well, many for the same clients listed here.
Mr. McKenney has an undergraduate degree in Recreation from Slippery Rock State College as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.
Andrew (Drew) Gorgey, Vice President
Before joining Peckham & McKenney in December 2016, Drew Gorgey served in Colorado local government for nearly 20 years, including 11 years at the executive management level. Mr. Gorgey served as County Manager and County Attorney for Garfield County in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Mr. Gorgey also served as First Assistant and Chief Deputy County Attorney in El Paso County, Colorado. In addition, he served as Interim City Manager for the City of Glenwood Springs. His strong skills in strategic planning and talent identification, recruitment, and retention have allowed organizations seeking continual improvement to realize their strategic planning objectives quickly and effectively.
Mr. Gorgey began his career in the resort and hospitality industry and served as a Corporate Trainer for The Broadmoor, a Mobil 5-Star and Triple A 5-Diamond Resort in Colorado Springs. Since his youth, Mr. Gorgey has been an enthusiastic student of leadership, dedicating substantial volunteer hours to leadership positions in various professional associations. The El Paso County Bar Association in Colorado Springs named Mr. Gorgey “Outstanding Young Lawyer” in 1999 and elected him one of the Association’s youngest Presidents in 2003-04. Mr. Gorgey twice served the Colorado Bar Association as Vice President. He is also Past President of the Association of Colorado County Administrators. Mr. Gorgey has lectured on leadership at the American Bar Association’s prestigious Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago, the Colorado Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Training course (COBALT), and the Special District Association of Colorado’s Leadership Academy, among others.
Mr. Gorgey has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Colorado, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Joshuah (Josh) Agnew, Executive Recruiter
Josh Agnew serves as Executive Recruiter and brings extensive experience in effective hiring practices and selection of key staff, customer service, management, and leadership.
Prior to joining Peckham & McKenney, Mr. Agnew served in management roles for over 16 years in both the private and non-profit sectors. Mr. Agnew was selected in 2005 to open what has become Houston’s most profitable and successful franchise in the nation. Over the course of 11 years, he grew the franchise to five times its size. His role in implementing strong systems for the hiring and development processes allowed Mr. Agnew to strategically and consistently identify, recruit, retain, and advance potential candidates and employees who were the right “fit” for the organization as a whole. Much of the management team Mr. Agnew put in place remain in those same positions or have moved into new leadership roles within the company.
Mr. Agnew then transitioned into the non-profit sector and served in various roles including direct oversight of staff, volunteers, and community groups; budgeting; facilities; and vision and mission. Mr. Agnew again focused on “fit” when hiring staff and coordinating volunteers and community groups and their leadership.
Mr. Agnew is passionate about people, dedicating substantial amounts of time and support to the betterment of individuals throughout the local community. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Refugee Project, which equips and trains refugees relocated by the United Nations to Houston to lead meaningful and productive lives, and for Hope Beyond Bridges, which is dedicated to building relationships with the homeless by providing nutritious meals, hygiene kits, clothing and other assistance.
Clay Phillips, Executive Recruiter
Mr. Phillips brings extensive experience leading a city of over 150,000 and selecting and assembling an executive team that is highly revered in the San Diego region. He recently completed 30 years of service with the City of Escondido, 12 years of which he served as City Manager. Mr. Phillips served in several capacities with the City of Escondido including Finance Director, Administrative Services Director, and Deputy City Manager prior to his appointment as City Manager. He began his career with the City of Santa Ana and soon became Deputy Finance Officer for the City of Irvine.
Mr. Phillips has served as the Chairman of the San Diego City Managers Association, and he has been a speaker and expert panelist for the League of California Cities as well as POST and California State University San Marcos. Mr. Phillips has significant experience in leadership development, financial management, economic development, and labor relations. In his capacity as City Manager, he has been involved with the recruitment and hiring of department heads in all areas of local government.
Mr. Phillips received his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University with majors in Business Management and Accounting and was recognized as the Alumnus of the Year by the School of Business in 2008. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Ellen Volmert, Executive Recruiter
Ms. Volmert recently began her encore career in executive recruitment for cities after 36 years of local government management experience in California and Oregon. She has served as City Manager with the City of La Palma, California, Assistant City Manager with the City of Corvallis, Oregon and previous to that as Assistant to the City Manager in Baldwin Park, California and as Management Analyst in West Covina, California. Ms. Volmert brings extensive experience in executive recruitment, labor relations, human resources, risk management, communications, diversity, budgeting, and intergovernmental relations.
Ms. Volmert both leads recruitment assignments, including all assignments in the state of Oregon, and provides team support. She is a graduate of UCLA and has a Master's degree in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton as well as maintaining credentialed city manager status from ICMA.
Joyce Johnson, Operations Manager
Joyce Johnson joined Peckham & McKenney in 2005 and currently serves as the firm's Operations Manager. The firm regularly receives praise for Ms. Johnson's responsiveness, friendly assistance, and customer service. In addition to quickly responding to clients and candidates, Ms. Johnson oversees the work of administrative support in the areas of ad placement, marketing and design, distribution, technology and web updates.
Prior to joining Peckham & McKenney, Ms. Johnson oversaw internal administration in the Western Region headquarters of a national management consulting firm. Ms. Johnson has over 30 years' experience in the field of administrative and executive support for all aspects of the executive recruitment process. Ms. Johnson holds an Associate of Arts degree from American River College.
Cathy West-Packard, Marketing & Design
Cathy has provided her design and marketing skills to Peckham & McKenney recruiters even before the firm’s formation. She is the firm’s “go-to” professional for all advertising and brochure design and creation. Cathy works diligently to create candidate profile brochures that respect the unique qualities of each of the communities and agencies that we serve. Her strong customer service skills as well as artistic eye and attention to detail bring additional value to the Peckham & McKenney team.
Kevin Johnson, Research Associate
Kevin has been a member of the Peckham & McKenney team since 2009 and currently serves as a Research Assistant. He supports the firm's Recruiters through his research of local government agencies and networks, potential candidates, and current candidates prior to recommendation to our clients. Kevin mastered his researching abilities while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Willamette University. In addition to his work with Peckham & McKenney, Kevin has also performed research projects for commercial real estate appraisal firms and managed his own youth soccer camps.