Joan Phillipe appointed Nevada City interim city manager

The City of Nevada City issued this statement on its Facebook page:

“Nevada City Council announced, following a Friday special city council meeting, the approval of a contract with Joan Phillipe to serve as interim city manager effective Monday February 15, 2021.

“Phillipe comes to Nevada City as a retired city manager with over 35 years’ experience in local government including as city manager in Loomis, Colusa, Colfax and Clearlake as well as executive director of the California State Sheriffs’ Association and assistant city manager in South Lake Tahoe.  Since retirement she has provided interim management and consulting services. 

“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. 

“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. 

“Phillipe is familiar with Nevada City having had family living in the area for many years.  She and her husband, Brian, were also married in the city and visit it regularly.  Phillipe’s contract with the city will run until the council fills the position with a permanent manager.  It is anticipated filling the position will take approximately six months.”

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. 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.

3 thoughts on “Joan Phillipe appointed Nevada City interim city manager”

  1. We have not met Joan, but she is clearly a seasoned city manager. We notice she succeeded Rick Angelocci as the interim Town Manager in Loomis in 2017. (We worked closely with Rick when we published the Placer County Visitor Guide and were fond of him. Rick died after a two-year battle with cancer, and it broke our hearts). Joan previously served as Town Manager in Loomis (1988-1997), among other places.
    https://www.publicceo.com/2017/03/city-manager-newsletter-february-volume-4/

  2. Joan is a good choice. I was a special correspondent for the Colfax Record during a crisis over a sewer rate increase. Despite vicious criticism from uninformed rate-increase opponents, Joan and other city officials saved the city’s sewage plant from being seized by the state. As a representative of the newspaper, I was heavily involved in the city’s negotiations with the state to convince Colfax citizens to approve the rate increase. Joan did a stellar job in protecting the city’s best interests.

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