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City manager recruitment next for council

Sarah Gonser

Former City Manager Kerry Miller tendered his resignation to the South Lake Tahoe City Council Tuesday and councilmembers appointed a subcommittee to recommend an interim city manager.

City Council also agreed to hire headhunter Bob Murray of DMG & Associates, the Sacramento-based recruiting firm that hired City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo, to recruit potential candidates for the permanent position. The city will pay approximately $20,000 for Murray’s services.

Miller, who was South Lake Tahoe’s city manager for 12 years, will leave his post Oct. 29 he said, and begin his job as Encinitas city manager Nov. 9.



“This is sooner than I had anticipated, but the timing would work particularly well for relocating the children into the school district,” Miller said. “It really is with mixed emotions that I leave Tahoe, I feel that I have been extremely privileged to be the city manager of South Lake Tahoe.”

Before leaving, Miller said he would focus on the recruitment and appointment of an airport manager and concluding redevelopment issues.



City Council appointed Mayor Judy Brown and Councilwoman Brooke Laine to a subcommittee to explore potential candidates for interim city manager.

“My biggest concern is redevelopment and losing (Kerry Miller’s) extensive knowledge of that,” said Councilman Tom Davis. “If Oct. 29 is his last day, that’s not nearly enough time. Realistically, we’re looking at March until we can find another permanent city manager.”

Davis suggested contacting former South Lake Tahoe City Manager Dick Milbrodt, who retired in 1987 and currently owns a consulting business, for the interim position. Laine and Councilman Bill Crawford disagreed, saying they felt the interim position should be filled by a current city employee.

The subcommittee will report back to City Council with its recommendations at the Oct. 5 council meeting.


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