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Nevada City Manager Mark Prestwich announces resignation

Mark Prestwich
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Mark Prestwich, Nevada City’s city manager since 2014, announced his resignation Wednesday. Effective July 31, Prestwich will take on the same role with the Napa County’s St. Helena.

Prestwich’s notable accomplishments with Nevada City include putting forth the “ParkEasy” parking expansion project, which will add 150 new parking spaces to the city over the next four years, launching a five-year capital improvement program to address the city’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure, and working with other staff members on the city’s “Medical Cannabis Dispensary and Other Businesses Ordinance.”

“The timing is quite good,” Prestwich said, noting that Nevada City will revisit and amend its goals in August and will change mayors late next month, when Vice Mayor Duane Strawser will replace Evans Phelps, the city’s current mayor.

Prestwich said he is “ready for a transition to a new city.” He previously worked for the city of Napa for over six years as an assistant with the Napa Flood Control Project through the city’s Public Works Department and later worked for the city manager’s office. He also served as a special projects manager for the city of Sacramento before moving to Nevada County.

“I’m very familiar with the region,” Prestwich said, referring to Napa County. “I still have many friendships and connections there.”

Prestwich was chosen by the city of St. Helena from a pool of 49 applicants drawn from a nationwide search.

“The City of Nevada City is a friendly, caring community with talented staff providing outstanding service for our citizens,” Prestwich said in his resignation letter. “I will miss working with you all!”

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.

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