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NC Council to discuss filling post

The selection of Nevada City’s next city manager will be discussed Monday at the City Council meeting.

The person will replace longtime City Manager Beryl Robinson, who has been at the helm for more than 36 years.



Council members have repeatedly said the selection of the city manager will be one of the most important decisions they will have to make during their term in office.




The city has received 46 applications. The last day to apply was April 11.

In a memorandum, Councilman Steve Cottrell suggested no council members should be included on the screening committee.

“I think the functions are different and warrant different involvements,” and the committee should only be comprised of non-elected officials, he said.

Vice Mayor Kerry Arnett said he will listen to what people have to say before making suggestions. Other jurisdictions have administrators participate, he said, and administrators know what the job entails.

Cottrell suggested the screening committee should be similar to the one used to select the chief of police in 1996.

The committee should be comprised of the city manager, the city engineer, the city attorney and two to three people from the community, Cottrell said in his memorandum dated Tuesday.

Finalists should then be invited to Nevada City for 30- to 40-minute interviews, he said. Then the three to four top candidates should undergo another round of interviews, he added.

Robinson has said he could remain in place during the transition period if the council were to request his help.

WHAT: Nevada City City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 317 Broad St.

INFORMATION: 265-2496


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