Nearly 40 apply for Grass Valley position |

Nearly 40 apply for Grass Valley position

About 40 candidates expressed interest in Grass Valley’s city administrator position, according to an official with a search firm hired by the city.

Most are Californians with city administrator or county administrator experience, said Heather Renschler, president/CEO of Rocklin-based Ralph Andersen and Associates.

Some from Colorado, Washington and Minnesota also applied, said Mayor Mark Johnson, who, along with other City Council members, was briefed on the applications this week. The application deadline was late last month.

It’s an average number of applicants but includes a uniquely diverse and experienced group who know about the city, Renschler said.

“A lot of people had knowledge of Grass Valley even though they were out of state,” Renschler said. ” I think that’s a nice compliment to Grass Valley.”

Renschler and council members expect to whittle the applicants down to six to eight candidates by the end of the month.

“They’re all anxious to begin the process of interviewing,” said Renschler, referring to council members.

Candidate interviews could begin in early August with a selection possible by early September, Johnson said.

Grass Valley’s previous city administrator, Gene Haroldsen, was fired earlier this year after 15 years in that position.

Haroldsen was making a base salary of $115,800 annually when he was fired, according to the city’s Human Resources Department.

Former Yuba City Manager Jeff Foltz is serving as interim leader until a permanent replacement is chosen.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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