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City’s glass ceiling broken

Someone delivered balloons to her office and the Grass Valley City Council took a brief cookie-and-punch recess Tuesday to celebrate.

Everybody but Carol Fish wants to make a big deal of her new job as Director of Finance.

Fish is the first female department head in the governing body of the 110-year-old city. She takes over today as Grass Valley’s “head bean counter,” as she jokes, responsible for the annual budget, accounts payable, city payroll, and utility billings and collections, among other duties. The city’s former director, Wes Peters, retired after 16 years of service.



“I feel very honored. I am still pretty surprised,” Fish said.

Still, Fish accepts the $72,775 position with great humility. She credits Peters for his leadership and guidance, having worked with him as the city’s finance manager for five years, and said she doesn’t plan to move into his larger office.




Fish prefers to be low-key and behind the scenes, she said. But there’s nothing low-key in making history as Grass Valley’s first female department head, many would agree, including the only other woman on the city’s management team.

Bobbi Poznik-Coover isn’t a department head; but as the city clerk, she has been the only woman on the city’s management team. She is thrilled about Fish joining.

“More and more, we’re seeing woman moving into these fields and being accepted,” Poznik-Coover said. “It’s real positive to have another woman in a management role at the city.”

Fish has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and previously held finance positions with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Nevada County, and a private accounting firm.

Fish and her husband, Jeff, pro and manager at the Nevada County Country Club, have two boys attending Chico State and Syracuse universities.


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