Three seek Gardnerville town manager post |

Three seek Gardnerville town manager post

Merrie Leininger, Record-Courier staff writer

Three people will vie for the position of Gardnerville town manager at the Thursday night town board meeting.

Board members will interview Robert Rose of San Jose, Calif., James Park Jr., of Pahrump, and Robert Dicman of Minden at the 5 p.m. meeting at the Gardnerville Volunteer Fire Station. Two board members met with the applicants two weeks ago to narrow the field. Twenty-one people originally applied. The board may vote on the issue after the interviews.

The town board asked Diane Pettitt, who had been town manager since 1994, to resign after a closed-session meeting April 6. The position pays between $39,062 to $53,248 with benefits.

Robert Rose said his experience in management in the aerospace industry will give him the experience he needs for the job of town manager.

Rose, who is originally from Nebraska, said he will bring leadership to the town manager position. He said he has had experience leading teams implementing software, financial organizations and facilities acquisition groups.

“I have been a manager for a number of years and have skills in the financial area, in contract negotiations and in leading large engineering teams,” Rose said.

Rose said he has been working part-time for the past few years and when he thought about getting out of the big city he thought of Gardnerville – the area he had be visiting on fishing trips for 25 years.

“I’ve been looking to move. I’ve been working part-time for the past four years. When the company was acquired, everything moved back east. I didn’t want to move back east, I was looking to move to the Gardnerville area,” he said.

Coming with him will be his wife, Helene, who works in insurance. They have two grown children, Michael, 31, who lives in Colorado Springs, and Barbara, 29, who lives in San Jose.

– James Park Jr. said his enthusiasm for people is his biggest asset.

“I’m dynamite with people. I love people. I also love a challenge, especially in the government section, where you get a chance to directly deal with the company shareholders and that’s all the citizens. That’s what God’s called me to do,” Park said.

He has worked in government for 15 years and currently is a senior management analyst for Clark County.

Park said he works with project management, develops and implements budgets and management maintenance projects.

He said he loves his job, but not the area. He and his family – his wife, Pam, a housewife, two children, Alyssa, 11, and Robert, 8 -moved out of Las Vegas to Pahrump eight years ago and the family loved the rural atmosphere of Gardnerville when they visited for his first interview.

“It’s just beautiful. We love the climate and we love the rural lifestyle. There’s nothing like Northern Nevada. We’re excited,” Park said.

– Robert Dicman came to the Carson Valley about a year and a half ago to do a freelance job for a ski resort and decided he’d like to stay.

“I really love it here. It is a great place to live and work. So I decided instead of going back, I’d like to stay here,” Dicman said.

He lived and worked in the Bay area for about 20 years and for the past five years has done freelance consulting work for engineering projects for municipalities and utility companies.

Dicman, who is a Navy retiree, said his experience working with a variety of jobs in infrastructure and construction would translate directly to the work he would do as a town manager.

“A lot of jobs I supervised, I was actually hands-on, so I have a good idea of the work,” Dicman said. “I have been a project engineer for large development corporations and worked with city planners and building departments in San Francisco.”

He said he has also done work for business organizations.

“I’ve worked for organizations like the Downtown Los Angeles Business Corporation who were a group of people concerned about traffic, energy, infrastructure, and also an organization in the county of San Diego, where people were concerned about energy and expansion; quality of life issues with the residents of the area. I have worked with a lot of energy management cooperatives and in engineering and construction,” he said.

– For more information about the board meeting, call the town of Gardnerville at 782-6132.