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Driscoll made new City Manager
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Feb 24, 2014 | 1000 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- City of Sparks Assistant City Manager Steve Driscoll addresses the Mayor and City Council Monday afternoon prior to being named the next City Manager, replacing the retiring Shaun Carey.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- City of Sparks Assistant City Manager Steve Driscoll addresses the Mayor and City Council Monday afternoon prior to being named the next City Manager, replacing the retiring Shaun Carey.
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City of Sparks Assistant City Manager Stephen Driscoll and Deputy City Manager for Community Services Neil Krutz both sat patiently near the left wall of the Legislative Chambers at City Hall as the Sparks City Council deliberated its agenda Monday afternoon. Both were waiting for their opportunity to speak to the Mayor and City Council and present their qualifications to replace current City Manager Shaun Carey, whose retirement will be effective April 1.

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini recommended Driscoll be appointed the new City Manager and the City Council approved the recommendation 4-1, with Councilman Ed Lawson putting his vote with Krutz. Martini said it was a win-win situation because the city was promoting from within and he was happy with both choices brought before the council.

"It is a difficult choice to make but I know I can't make a bad one," Martini said. "In the end I have to go with the one who has a little bit more experience and who I have been in the trenches with more."

Driscoll has served as Assistant City Manager under Carey since 2000 and he has been with the City of Sparks for 20 years beginning as a budget analyst. Driscoll holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, northern Nevada campus and and Bachelor's from the University of Nevada, Reno in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting.

Driscoll said the three most important components to address in the City of Sparks were fiscal sustainability in recovering from the economic downturn, controlling the implementation and discussion of medical marijuana dispensaries in Sparks and providing better customer service.

"You are only as good as the people and the team you have around you," Driscoll said addressing the council, "And I am very proud to have worked with the team at the City of Sparks. I look forward to continuing to work on those relationships, mentoring where I can and making this the best place to work and a great place to live."

Driscoll has led the City of Sparks' emergency operations as Emergency Operations Director, and he has been Chief Labor Negotiator and a lobbyist for the city in years past, overseeing more than 460 people in his time as Assistant City Manager. He has lived in Sparks for 30 years with his wife and has raised two sons.

Krutz said he was "deeply disappointed" that he was not offered the position, but said he would continue to work for the City of Sparks in the short term. He said he has enjoyed his time at the city, but his goal of heading up an agency is still firm in his mind.

"This position has been a goal of mine for the better part of 11 years at the City of Sparks," Krutz said. "I have been through four rounds of layoffs with my department and each time I tell myself 'we can't do this anymore,' and each time I am amazed at how this team pulls more than its fair share of weight.

"I am the kind of leader who holds people accountable for their share of weight, and the people at the City of Sparks have been a joy to work with. I see myself staying with the City of Sparks for the foreseeable future. I am not the kind of guy who would not be offered the position and just pack my toys and go home."
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