Three vie for Genoa manager |

Three vie for Genoa manager


What: Genoa Town Board

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 25

Where: Genoa Town office

An entrepreneur, a former Carson City elected official and an experienced events coordinator are the three finalists for the position of Genoa Town Manager, according to their applications for the job.

Genoa resident Phil Ritger is the founding partner of Timber Edge Products and has operated the company that produces ecologically friendly wood stain for the past eight years.

A chemical engineer with a masters degree from Purdue University in Indiana, Ritger worked for a Santa Ana, Calif., medical company from 1992 until 2002, when it merged with another firm. He stayed on for another three years before moving to Nevada.

Two of his daughters, Clara and Amelia, graduated from Douglas High School. Clara Ritger graduated from Notre Dame University and is currently working as a staff reporter for the National Journal in Washington, DC.. Amelia is a junior at Dartmouth College.

Ritger is a referee for youth soccer and has worked Candy Dance, the town’s annual fundraiser, and events for the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department.

Former Carson City Supervisor Molly Walt taught school in the capital from her arrival in Nevada in 1994 until 2013.

She served as a supervisor from 2009 to 2013.

She is president of the Pinkerton Ballet, which is performing the Nutcracker in Carson City in November.

She graduated from the University of Montana with a teaching degree and obtained a masters degree from the University of Phoenix.

The only out-of-state candidate to make the cut was Shirley Leschinsky of Quincy, Calif.

Leschinsky has 30 years experience as a self-employed events coordinator with experience in grant compliance management and rental properties. She published the Rodeo News for a time.

The finalists will be interviewed by town board members on Sept. 25. The town board may then select one of the candidates, or reject them all and start the process over.

Interim Town Manager Lisa Granahan said she hoped to have a new manager in place by mid-October.

Town Manager Sheryl Gonzales’ resignation took effect last month, and the town is contracting with the county for management services.

According to Transparent Nevada, Gonzales’ salary in 2012 was $51,328.48 a year.

Two dozen people applied for the position, which also is responsible for the the annual Candy Dance fundraiser Sept. 28-29, which raises the lion’s share of the town budget for the year.