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Nevada City to advertise for new city manager

The Nevada City Council agreed Wednesday night to advertise for the next city manager with an annual salary range of $85,000 to $95,000.

The search for outgoing city manager Mark Miller could take between six to 12 months, based on the experience of other cities, including Grass Valley, according to Mayor Sally Harris.

Meanwhile, the city plans to hire an interim city manger, who could work 30 hours a week and earn $75 an hour, council members agreed.



Miller, who resigned last week to accept a county sanitation director post, has agreed to remain as city manager until March 15.

Council members agreed to place an ad for the next city manager in the April edition of Western City Magazine, a trade publication for public officials.




“This is almost the Bible” to find many public sector jobs, said Harris.

Police Chief Lou Trovato stepped forward at the meeting and offered to handle the city manger’s job on an interim basis. “In a lot of small cities, the police chief offers his services as city manager,” Trovato said.

He said it could save the city money compared with hiring an outsider. The council thanked him but made no commitment.

A subcommittee of Councilwoman Sheila Stein and Harris plan to review the interim city manager candidates and report back to the city on potential candidates at next week’s council meeting.

They’ll also craft the advertisement for the magazine for the permanent hire.

The meeting’s attendees included both supporters and critics of Miller, but no one stepped forward to debate the issue.

Grass Valley hired a new city administrator earlier this month after conducting a nearly yearlong search to fill the position of Gene Haroldsen who was fired last February.

Wednesday, city leaders began setting a course for how they would continue the city’s business as their top administrator prepares to leave.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gmoberly@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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