San Diego Business Journal

Ronne Froman, recently tapped as Mayor-elect Jerry Sanders' chief operating officer, was appointed by the San Diego City Council on Nov. 29 as city manager through the end of this year.

Froman succeeds Lamont Ewell, who stepped down Nov. 28 to accept a similar post in Santa Monica. She will make $195,000 a year, prorated for her time in that job, and the same salary she will be making as the COO.

Also on Nov. 29, Sanders, scheduled to be sworn in Dec. 5, announced members of his team.

Jo Anne SawyerKnoll, an attorney with Miller Brown & Dannis, will become director of ethics and integrity, a new position created by Sanders.

A graduate of Ball State University and Indiana University Law School, she served as general counsel for the San Diego Unified School District from 1998 to 2003.

Kris Michell, an executive with the Sickels Group, a La Jolla-based land development company, will be director of community and legislative services.

From 2000 to 2004, she worked for Marsh Risk and Insurance Services, and from 1998 to 2000, as vice president for government affairs for the San Diego Padres.

A graduate of San Diego State University, Michell also served as director of community relations, and later, as chief of staff for Mayor Susan Golding.
SawyerKnoll and Michell each will be paid $150,000 a year.

"I will ask Jo Anne to conduct a bottom-up review of all of the city's ethics practices and then make changes accordingly, so that citizens can regain confidence in their government," said Sanders. "I will ask Kris to serve as my liaison to the Council, and to advise me on other issues ranging from intergovernmental affairs to policy initiatives."

Fred Sainz, currently vice president of public affairs for the San Diego Convention Center Corp., was named the city's communications director. Sainz, who will earn $125,000 a year, served as a deputy chief of staff during the administration of Mayor Susan Golding.

Sanders said he intends to appoint a chief financial officer and a director of public works in the near future.

"What we are doing here is nothing less than a badly needed wholesale restructuring of government," said Sanders.

Also on Nov. 29, Sanders announced his endorsement of San Diego businessman Kevin Faulconer, 2nd District City Council candidate in the Jan. 10 election. He is vying with San Diego attorney Lorena Gonzalez for the seat vacated by Michael Zucchet.

, Pat Broderick