Report: Auburn city manager set to take helm in Grass Valley |

Report: Auburn city manager set to take helm in Grass Valley

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

All indications point to Auburn City Manager Bob Richardson becoming the new leader of Grass Valley.

Members of the Auburn City Council told the Auburn Journal that they had received an email from Richardson stating that he was in negotiations with Grass Valley, that he would be willing to assist in Auburn's transition to new leadership and that he would provide a termination notice.

The Grass Valley City Council has a special meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. today, at which it is expected to announce that Richardson is the city's new leader.

Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller declined to confirm reports that Richardson would be named to the position, but he did not refute them.

"We don't have a signed contract," Miller said.

"The council has not had a final vote on who the city manager is going to be."

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The council must first vote, and then he will sign a contract with the candidate, Miller said.

Richardson, 52, has been Auburn's city manager for the past 11 years.

Speculation that Richardson would be tapped as Grass Valley's city manager has been rampant as a recent story on Sierra Foothills Report, a local blog run by Jeff Pelline, linked Richardson to the job last week.

The blog post by Pelline, a former editor with The Union, was cited by the Auburn Journal in its report regarding Richardson and the council.

Richardson is slated to replace Dan Holler, who resigned in August.

Jeff Foltz had been leading Grass Valley on an interim basis.

If the city and Richardson consummate the deal today, the base salary will be $163,000, according to previous reports.

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