Nevada City Hires Interim Manager

An experienced public management specialist has come out of retirement to lead Nevada City through some challenging times.

Joan Phillipe became the interim city manager on Feb. 15, three days after her contract was unanimously approved by the City Council. She is expected to stay on for about six months, while the city searches for a permanent manager.

Phillipe has over 35 years of experience in public administration, particularly with smaller cities experiencing financial difficulties. She previously managed the cities of Loomis, Colusa, Colfax, and Clearlake, and was executive director of the California State Sheriffs’ Association.

“Phillipe’s experience in small communities faced with economic and fiscal challenges drew the council to her. Her experience with water and wastewater issues was also a benefit. She has substantial planning experience having worked on updating General Plans, zoning ordinances and other planning documents including economic development plans,” according to a statement from the city. “In addition, her experience in working with other jurisdictions as well as state and federal government officials was seen as an asset for the city. Phillipe has assisted several cities in the recruitment and transition of city managers by helping to identify the qualities and assets needed in a candidate to be a good fit for an organization, its staff, and its community.”