Now hiring: Grass Valley, Nevada City undergoing changes |

Now hiring: Grass Valley, Nevada City undergoing changes

Grass Valley City Engineer/Director of Public Works, Tim Kiser, has been selected by the city council to be the interim city manager until a full time position can be filled.
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Personnel changes are on the horizon for the cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City this summer.

Grass Valley is interviewing candidates for its open city manager position while Nevada City is preparing to do the same. Nevada City is also on the verge of getting a new mayor.

The Grass Valley City Council has held more than a half-dozen closed session meetings over the past two months to work on filling the role. A professional recruiter is assisting with the hiring process, according to Finance Director Andy Heath.

“We’re kind of close,” said Heath. “But then again, sometimes these processes take a while — and understandably so, because you want to get the right person.”

Public Works Director/ City Engineer Tim Kiser is currently serving as interim city manager.

Former Grass Valley City Manager Bob Richardson resigned in February and is currently in the same role with the city of Auburn.

At the time Richardson left Grass Valley, his salary was $171,000 per year. That rate “sets a benchmark” for the next manager’s salary, according to Heath.

Nevada City, meanwhile, is gearing up to hire for the same position.

Assistant City Manager Catrina Olson was promoted to interim city manager July 12.

Olson said the Nevada City hasn’t yet begun its search for a permanent manager, but she will take over the duties of the current city manager, Mark Prestwich, who announced his resignation late last month. Prestwich is expected to transition to the same role with Napa County’s City of St. Helena July 31.

Prestwich’s current salary with Nevada City is $103,454 per year.

Nevada City Vice Mayor Duane Strawser is expected to transition to the role of mayor during Wednesday’s city council meeting. Strawser will replace Mayor Evans Phelps.

Nevada City mayors rotate on a yearly schedule. The council will also appoint its next vice mayor Wednesday, who would then be expected to serve as mayor the following year.

The council member with the most experience is typically the top choice for vice mayor, but the decision is ultimately based on the council’s consensus.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email or call 530-477-4231.

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