Nevada City interim City Manager Joan Phillipe is happy to lead the city until the permanent city manager position is filled. Phillipe comes with city manager experience from other cities.
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When Joan Phillipe retired from government administration after more than 35 years, she knew she couldn’t stay away for long.
“I wanted to do some interim work here and there, simply because I enjoy it,” said Phillipe, who was appointed Nevada City’s interim city manager last month.
After previously serving as city manager for Loomis, Colusa, Colfax and Clearlake, she wasn’t ready to completely step away from public service, even in retirement.
“If you notice all of the cities that I was manager in were small communities. I built my career in small communities and really enjoyed that,” she said. “That was something that I would like to continue to do on an interim basis, certainly not full time.”
After parting ways with former city manager Catrina Olson in February, the city will look for a long-term replacement while Phillipe serves for the next several months.
“Nevada City has always been a place that was of interest to me, and that I liked very much, so an interim position here was attractive,“ she said. “I’m delighted to be here to be a part of the city, even if it’s a short period of time.”
According to Councilman Doug Fleming, the council was impressed with Phillipe’s breadth of experience, having worked on issues important to the city like policing, cannabis, and overhauling City Hall.
“I think we’re really fortunate that she came along at the right time,” Fleming said. “There was a lot of stuff that each of us (council members) wanted to accomplish and