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July 12, 2006

County considers manager finalists


Pam Webster is Nye County's new budget director.

TONOPAH - Former North Las Vegas City Manager Kurt Fritsch and Tonopah High School graduate Clint Quilter are among the five finalists for the job of Nye County manager after a selection committee meeting last Friday.

Quilter's father, Glade Quilter, is a retired U.S. Forest Service ranger from Big Smoky Valley. His late mother, Karen Quilter, was formerly a Nye County clerk.

Quilter has been chief executive of the city of Hollister, Calif., a city of 38,000 just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, since May 2004.

He was public works director in Hollister from July 1997 to May 2004, and for eight years before that he worked for Hollister as an associate engineer, assistant engineer and engineering technician.

His first work experience after graduating from Utah State University in 1986 was as a party chief and instrument man for Boundy Land Surveying from 1986-88; party chief for Haskew Engineering in 1988; and senior engineering technician for Cyprus Tonopah Mining Company from 1988 to 1989.

Fritsch was city manager of North Las Vegas from 1999-2003. When asked his reason for leaving, Fritsch wrote, "contract terminated."

Before North Las Vegas, Fritsch was deputy director of the Colorado River Commission from 1998 to '99, a consultant from 1996-to 1998 and assistant city manager of Henderson from 1990 to 1996.

Fritsch, in a May 5 letter, said he worked for some of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

He added, "Nye County is experiencing this same type of growth and I believe my experiences and contacts in Nevada would serve me well in this position."

County manager candidate John D.R. Clark has been an assistant county administrator for Yolo County, Calif., since June 2002. Before that, he was director of the Department of Aging for the city and county of San Francisco, Calif., from 1998 to 2002.

He was director of the Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo, Calif., from 1997 to 1998.

Barbara Blumenfield has been a consultant for Public Management Partners in Muskego, Wis., since September 2005.

Finally, Lionel J. Bushey II has been chief administrative officer for Eagle River, Wis., since September 2003.

He was previously manager of Oconto Falls, Wis., Municipal Utilities from 1999 to 2003 and self-employed proprietor of a retail store in Yuma, Ariz., from 1998 to 1999.

Members of the screening committee included Interim Nye County Manager Ron Williams, County Commission Chairman Gary Hollis, Public Works Director Samson Yao, Nye County Employees Association President Shane Lara and local activist Ed Fox.

Sixty-seven people inquired about the job, 50 applications or resumes were received, of which 23 responded to supplemental questionnaires.

Screening committee members have until Friday to prepare questions for the five finalists who are expected to be called in for interviews late this month or early in August. The successful candidate will replace Mike Maher, who was terminated in March.

County commissioners already filled another county administrative position.

Newly-hired Budget Director Pam Webster, who began work Tuesday, has 30 years of financial experience. Her resume includes a position as manager of accounting finance and contracts for Canon Development Americas of Irvine, Calif.; manager of business planning for Toshiba America Information Systems, also in Irvine; and manager of budget and rates for Hughes Training Inc. in West Covina, Calif.

Nye County earmarked an annual salary of $69,222, not including benefits, for the position. Webster replaces Lester Kerr, from White Pine County, who was in that position for three months after replacing Charlie Rodewald.

Nye County commissioners have yet to fill three other administrative positions: planning director, comptroller and director of the Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office.

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