Some beginning to voice opinions on what they want in next city administrator |

Some beginning to voice opinions on what they want in next city administrator

Citizen interest in Grass Valley’s next city administrator exists but that wasn’t obvious at two forums this week designed to discuss preferred characteristics of the next city leader.

No residents showed up at Monday’s public meeting and only two area residents were at Tuesday’s forum.

Since last week’s notification in The Union and other local media, about a dozen citizen e-mails have trickled into the city’s search firm, Ralph Andersen and Associates, said Heather Renschler, president/CEO of the search firm.

Tuesday, Renschler hadn’t reviewed the e-mail comments but she got an earful of suggestions from Barbara Bashall, executive director of the Nevada County Contractors Association.

“That person should have a commitment to transparency,” Bashall said. She also said the next city leader should “embrace a high level of citizen participation.”

“I would like to see someone who meets with (diverse community groups),” Bashall said.

“(The next city administrator) should have a track record for increasing organizational efficiency,” Bashall said.

Nevada City Manager Mark Miller attended Tuesday’s forum but said his interest simply was to support Grass Valley.

“We’re two neighborhoods of the same community,” Miller said referring to Nevada City and Grass Valley.

A couple possible candidates already have submitted applications, Renschler said. Two others have asked about the position, she added.

The city could formalize its search criteria shortly, Renschler said.

A June 22 deadline for city administrator candidate letters of interest is set, Renschler said. Council members could conduct interviews in August and make a selection after that, she said.

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

Former Yuba City Manager Jeff Foltz is serving as city’s interim leader until a permanent replacement is picked.

Citizens can e-mail comments about the desired characteristics of next city leader to


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

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