Genoa offers manager's job to Californian

Granite Bay, Calif., resident Andrew Sheehy was offered the position of Genoa Town manager on Tuesday night.

Sheehy is a Marine Corps veteran and most recently a teacher in Panorama City, Calif.

His résumé lists four years with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, where he was executive director for nine months.

In their discussion on Sheehy's qualifications, town board members said they didn't want to go through another search next year, as has been the pattern in the past.

Should Sheehy take the job, he will technically be the fifth town manager in five years.

Former town manager Tom Peters was in the audience on Tuesday when Sheehy was approved. Peters said one of the greatest challenges during his tenure was managing the town and coordinating Candy Dance, the town's annual fundraiser.

Peters resigned after the 2006 Candy Dance and the town entered into a contract with Douglas County for management services over the past year.

The county asked Genoans to hire a new manager after determining that the recent budget crunch won't allow it to continue. As town manager, Sheehy will have more office help than Peters did, but also more pressure for a successful Candy Dance to help pay for the increased staffing.

Nevada's oldest settlement has supplemented its budget by holding the annual fundraiser since 1919. A craft fair was added in the early 1970s, which grew to be the largest source of income for the town.

On Tuesday events coordinator Sheryl Gonzales said Candy Dance earned the town $154,060, down from last year's revenue of $163,461.

Revenues this year were lower, but so were expenses.

The town budgets for at least $130,000 from Candy Dance, which accounts for about 80 percent of its budget.


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