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The Sonora City Council has appointed Rachelle Kellogg, the city’s community development director, to serve as interim city administrator while the search for someone to permanently fill the position continues.

Kellogg was appointed by a unanimous vote of the council on Monday in a closed session prior to the start of a public meeting. She had been serving as acting city administrator since the retirement of former City Administrator Tim Miller in October.

City Attorney Douglas White explained that Miller’s employment contract officially expires on Dec. 13 and changing Kellogg’s title from “acting” to “interim” city administrator will allow her to carry out the full duties of the position.

White said he anticipates the council will name a permanent successor to Miller sometime in January.

Miller, who served as city administrator since 2010, moved to Montana with his wife after attending his final council meeting in October. White said he’s been using leave in the period between his departure and official expiration of his contract.

The city administrator is the highest-ranking official in the city government and serves at the pleasure of the elected city council.

Duties of the position include overseeing all city functions and activities, providing guidance on policies and programs to the city council, fostering relationships with state and local governmental agencies, and pursuing avenues for economic and community development.

Kellogg has been with the city for 23 years, most recently overseeing the community development department that provides services related to building and planning.

The council began recruiting for permanent city administrator in early September, about a month after Miller submitted his resignation. Several candidates have been interviewed by the council behind closed doors since that time.

 

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemcorat.com or (209) 588-4530.

 

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