Eureka Picks Next City Manager

Eureka has turned to the Land of 10,000 Lakes for its next chapter in city management.

The city has selected Dean Lotter as its next top administrator. He is the former city manager of New Brighton, Minnesota.

“He’s got some Humboldt in him,” Mayor Susan Seaman told the Redwood Times. “He doesn’t know it yet, but it’s there.”

Lotter’s lengthy experience with city management is what won city leaders over — twenty-three years worth to be exact.

Relationship-building will be a top priority for the new city manager.

“I’ll need to build those relationships with legislators, county supervisors and county staff,” he said. “Part of that will be learning the community, learning what the public is interested in. Really, it’s about building relationships. Out of the gate, I intend to focus on relationships inside and outside of City Hall.”

Lotter will replace retiring manager Greg Sparks, who may stay through Jan. 1. A formal start date for Lotter has not been set.


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