Genoa manager resigns |

Genoa manager resigns

by Kurt Hildebrand

Three days after being applauded by Genoans for his work as town manager, Mike Brown turned in his resignation, effective Jan. 6.

“I’m moving on,” he said Friday. “I’m still a probationary employee, which gives the town a chance to evaluate me and me a chance to evaluate the position.”

Brown, who started work on May 16, said he wanted to give the town time to find a replacement.

“I was brought in late for Candy Dance,” he said. “I think we had a pretty good event. But this job turns out to be as much a special event coordinator as a town manager. That’s something I didn’t realize at first.”

Brown said he was sorry to leave the position but felt the time was right.

“I had to make a decision,” he said. “I had mentally prepared myself for four or five years as town manager. That would have happened in an ideal world. But reality is different from the ideal world. As we go through life we have to evaluate where we are and make some hard decisions and this was one of them. The environment either suits you or it doesn’t. I felt I needed to stop now before I got too committed. I need to do the right thing for myself.”

Town board members approved Brown’s first public evaluation on Tuesday, bumping up several items in recognition of his work on Candy Dance.

Chairman Bill Donohoe praised Brown’s performance during the evaluation.

“You were thrown into the mix and did one hell of a job,” Donohoe said Tuesday. “You showed a lot of fortitude in sticking it out.”

He said he would be happy to assist his replacement in getting ready for the craft fair.

“I chose this time because it was least harmful to the town,” he said. “It is after everything else is closed for the year. They have until March to find someone, that should be plenty of time.”

Applications for the 2006 Candy Dance are being sent out, but otherwise things have slowed down.

“They had 30 candidates for this job and I think it will be that way again,” he said. “Hopefully they will take the best person to do the job.”

His latest effort was to broker the recovery of costs from businesses for the annual craft fair. Board members voted Tuesday to charge businesses for recovery of fees on a prorated basis.

“It’s up to the community,” Brown said. “Either the town and the businesses bury the ax and work together or Candy Dance will come unraveled. The event benefits the whole town, not just government, but every business in town. I think if the businesses and the town can work together, they can make it an even better event then it was before.

Brown said it will be up to county commissioners to ratify the town’s action.

“I think we have a fair and equitable solution to support the event,” he said.

Brown is a Gardnerville resident and a member of the Carson Valley Sertoma Club. He said he plans to continue volunteering for the organization.

The town meets again on Jan. 3 before Brown’s resignation is effective. Brown was hired for $42,000 a year. The county’s personnel department typically advertises for candidates for the position and coordinates the hiring process.