George Rebane scoops George Boardman on Prestwich departure

What a hoot! On June 25, The Union columnist George Boardman began his column quoting words from Nevada City manager Mark Prestwich on city policy.

He must have been unaware that two days earlier, the Napa Valley Register wrote that Prestwich was on his way to another job, city manager of St. Helena. On June 23, the Napa newspaper reported, “Mark Prestwich identified as finalist for City Manager.”

The planned hire also was reported on the town’s agenda as a “consent” item for Tuesday night’s meeting. Details at Staff Report.

Then George Rebane weighed in on his blog Tuesday night in the comment stream that the consent item was approved. It was “announced” at the Council meeting, Rebane said.

St. Helena’s vice mayor also emailed me that the city had hired Mark.

The two Georges have been jabbing at one another in the local blogosphere. “With fans like George Rebane, I don’t need any critics,” Boardman wrote on his own blog last month.

Rebane got Prestwich’s annual income wrong (it’s a base of $189,880) and couldn’t offer a start date (it’s July 31). The Union, meanwhile, hasn’t reported any of this.

We’ll miss Mark.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

8 thoughts on “George Rebane scoops George Boardman on Prestwich departure”

  1. I wonder if there’s a trend here: Bob Richardson (GV City Manager), Jon Gregory, Caleb Dardick and now Mark Prestwich all leaving our community for new/better professional opportunities.

    Of course, they are leaving for different reasons. But I’m sure you could find some common threads in the “exit interviews.”

    This might be something the “good old boys” ought to be chewing on.

    1. Remind yourself, why you left jobs in your 30’s/40’s !!! Advancement in one’s career is usually the reason !!! Cheers,

      1. Yes, but as a community, you want to be on the receiving end of the upwardly mobile! Otherwise, you merely reinforce your image as a retirement community.

      2. Yes, men are more socialized to view job success in terms of salary and throughout a career will change jobs more often because a change usually means a raise. Women, on the other hand, are more socialized to view job success in terms of relationships. They are less likely to leave a job, if they have good relations with their co-workers, even for a raise. Working with people they like seems to be more important than more money. As a result, Women, statistically, don’t change jobs as often as men. Of course, there are other variables at play here, but this one seems to stand out.

  2. BTW, St. Helena Mayor Peter White also sent me an email confirming that Mark had been hired. All the best to Mark in his new adventure! We had enjoyed working with him, most recently on a project for the summer issue of our magazine, which is being distributed next week.

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