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Harris appointed Nevada City mayor

Sally Harris began her tenure as Nevada City mayor Wednesday promising polite and respectful council meetings, while the previous mayor said the leadership position provided him nearly unmatched enjoyment.

Harris was unanimously appointed mayor during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The move largely was a formality after council members agreed to a mayoral succession plan in March.

The new succession plan allows for the most senior council member who hasn’t already served as Nevada City mayor to be appointed to the top post.



Regular discussions with residents about city government, progress on city goals and leaving the city in “as good or better shape” once her one-year leadership tenure is up topped her agenda, Harris said.

“We have a lovely historic town in a beautiful Sierra foothills setting but what truly makes it a great city is the people who chose to live here,” Harris said.




Steve Cottrell, who had served as mayor for the past year, also praised the city’s residents and his experience in the city’s top elected post.

“I’m not sure what brought me more enjoyment – throwing batting practice to Willie Mays for a few fleeting minutes in the summer of 1961 or sitting in the middle of this table for the past year,” said Cottrell, a former minor league baseball player.

Although, the mayor has limited authority, Cottrell said he was able to accomplish some key objectives.

As mayor, Cottrell said he appointed average residents onto city committees which previously only had council and staff members. Also, tapping City Treasurer George Foster to direct the city’s finance committee and issuing proclamations to two “Nevada City Living Treasures” ” Ed Tyson and Utah Phillips ” topped the list, he said.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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