Five finalists in running for Minden manager |

Five finalists in running for Minden manager

by Sheila Gardner

Minden’s next “ambassador” has one more hurdle to clear before being named town manager.

Board members voted Tuesday to invite five finalists to make individual 15-minute presentations at the Nov. 2 meeting.

“I’d like each one of them to come in and sell me on why they should be the Minden manager,” said town board member Roxanne Stangle.

The board spent all day Monday interviewing 13 finalists. They planned to cut the list to three, but settled on five.

“It would be a shame not to include all five,” said board chairman John Stephans.

The finalists are John Greenhut, Minden, retired director of public works for City of South Lake Tahoe; Mike Jarrett, Minden, contractor; Travis Lee, Minden, Douglas County senior services and public transit manager; Aaron Palmer, Victorville, Calif., deputy city director; and Jenifer Scott, Gardnerville, office manager, China Spring Youth Camp.

The vacancy was created with the July resignation of the town’s first manager, Roger Van Alyne, who served 15 months in the job.

In choosing the ideal candidate, board member Steve Thaler said the manager should be “the town’s ambassador.”

He wants a manager with a strong financial background, good communication skills, creative, a self-starter and someone who is passionate for Minden and invested in the community.

“I don’t want to go through this every year, I don’t want to go through this every two years,” Thaler said.

He said any one of the finalists was qualified to manage the town, and recommended the final presentations be at a regular meeting so the public could hear from the applicants.

Other board members echoed similar comments.

They agreed the manager needed to be able to manage employees, be a good listener and prepared to deal with the challenges facing the town.

“We’re going through some penny-pinching,” Stephans said. “We need someone who is experienced working with people, with a knowledge of what it takes to put a town together. The problems we are facing right now are not going to go away.”

The board scheduled the item to be heard Wednesday following the 6:30 p.m. administrative agenda.

The candidates are to make their presentations, followed by discussion, public comment and a vote by the board.

The salary range is $74,246-$99,756 plus benefits.