Prospective Genoa manager interviews Tuesday |

Prospective Genoa manager interviews Tuesday

by Jo Rafferty

The number of candidates for town manager of Genoa was cut from 30 to three and the Genoa town advisory board will make the final selection Tuesday night.

The candidates, Stephen Bonnell, Richard Weaver and Mike Brown, will be interviewed by board members at the regular monthly advisory board meeting in front of an audience.

Douglas County handled the initial 30 interviews, which included former county commissioner Stephen Weissinger and town board trustee Michael Saffran, who resigned his position to apply.

Saffran, who was also acting as Candy Dance chairman, resigned that position as well.

According to employment applications obtained from the Douglas County Human Resources, Bonnell, a Fernley resident, worked for the city of Fernley Parks and Recreation from October 2004 to February 2005, where he planned, organized, directed and administered the parks and recreation department. Prior to that he was employed by the city of Redondo Beach, Calif., in recreation facilities and recreation services.

Bonnell has a bachelor’s degree in business from Park College in Kansas and his application states “comps remain for MBA” in business from Chapman University.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years as a personnel specialist and 11 years as a morale, welfare and recreation officer. His rank was captain/0-3 upon his discharge in December 1989.

Weaver, a resident of Gardnerville, was sheriff of Caribou County, Idaho, from 1981 through 1988 and sheriff of Amador County, Calif. from 1989 to 1999. Since then he has had a variety of jobs including, security at Jackson Rancheria Casino, human resources at Bently Nevada/GE, an instructor in the use of explosive detection for Advanced Interactive Systems and his current position as security coordinator at R&K Security/OSI Guards.

Weaver has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif., and has served 1,600 hours for various law enforcement agencies.

Weaver received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army with an E-5 rank, fulfilling his duties in West Point, N.Y.

Brown, a resident of Gardnerville, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Laverne, Laverne, Calif.

He was a sergeant and an infantry squad leader in the Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge in 1971.

Brown was a captain for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in California where he worked for 32 years. In 1995 he relocated to Gardnerville after working five years as campus supervisor and instructor at Ventura College. From August 2002 to October 2003 he was a Douglas County planning commissioner, followed by a one-year position as chief juvenile justice specialist for the state of Nevada Department of Human Resources.

The Douglas County position pays between $36,000-$49,000 a year.

Responsibilities include, representing and promoting the town of Genoa and its events at meetings and through the media; reviewing and revising the policies and procedures manual annually in conjunction with the Genoa Town Advisory Board; overseeing all office functions; managing the renting and leasing of Genoa town property; and preparing and maintaining the town’s budget.

Former town manager Paul William’s term ended April 22.

Also included on the agenda:

— A new Candy Dance chairman may be appointed.

— A new Genoa Town Advisory Board member may be recommended to Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

— Possible action could take place regarding the following items related to the 85th annual Candy Dance: Agreements between the town of Genoa and Orchard House for Candy Dance activities; agreements with property owners regarding placement of vendors during Candy Dance; and on a request for bids from nonprofit organizations to collect parking fees and assist during clean-up.

The Genoa Town Advisory Board meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Genoa Town Hall meeting room, 2289 Main St.

— Jo Rafferty can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 213.