Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis named interim manager |

Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis named interim manager

Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis will be acting as city manager until an interim can be appointed, Mayor Erin Minett said Thursday.

The appointment could be short-lived, however, as a special meeting agenda for 4 p.m. Friday lists the potential appointment of former Colusa and Clearwater city manager Joan Phillipe as interim.

If approved, her appointment would be effective Monday at a rate of $56.67 per hour.

“Right now it’s unknown,” Ellis said of how long his new role will last. “Until someone is actually seated in that position, I’ll hold down the fort.”

In a closed session Wednesday the council voted unanimously to approve a separation agreement with former City Manager Catrina Olson, effective immediately.

As part of her employment agreement Olson will be provided six months’ salary and health benefits, totaling just over $75,000.

Minett did not explain why no interim city manager was chosen Wednesday night despite the appointment being agendized for the same closed session.

In a release Wednesday the city said it was still assessing its options.

Minett also declined to give a timeline, budget or qualifications for the next potential city manager.

According to Ellis, the role is not unfamiliar to him, having acted as city manager in Olson’s absence in the past. He said his day-to-day duties would include running staff meetings and assisting department heads with any issues that arise.

“Basically, it’s just holding down the fort,” he said of his acting duties. “Just kind of being a sounding board for them and helping them along the way in the city manager’s absence.”

To contact Staff Writer John Orona, email or call 530-477-4229.

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