By Luke Phillips
Presiding over her final Holtville City Council meeting Monday, out-going city manager Laura Fischer introduced her replacement, who will be starting next week, as well as the city’s new finance manager who will be replacing Rosa Ramirez.
Alex Meyerhoff, of Palm Desert, will be taking up the city manager post and Holtville Native Nick Wells will be the new finance manager.
Meyerhoff has extensive experience in community planning and economic development and most recently worked as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Real Estate Development at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.
Before that, Meyerhoff worked as a Director of Planning and Development Services at Escalante Architects in Palm Springs, the Principal of Meyerhoff Development, the Director of Community Development Director for the City of Twentynine Palms, a Principal Planner for the City of Palm Springs, an Associate Planner for the city of Coachella, a Planner for the City of Indio, a Planning Associate at Applied Management & Planning Group in Los Angeles and an intern for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Myerhoff graduated from Palm Springs High School before attending College of the Desert and then the University of California, Los Angeles.
According to his profile on the Web site Linkedin.com, Myerhoff is “highly skilled at developing environmentally sustainable solutions for complex development projects through both project design and mitigation strategies,” and his specialties include redevelopment, urban policy planning, environmental planning, sustainable development, government affairs, land use planning, entitlement and building permit processing, economic development and redevelopment, public finance, urban planning, urban design and infrastructure development.
The city’s new finance manager, Nick Wells, was born and raised in Holtville before moving to attend the University of California in Fresno. Wells says he worked as a controller for various firms for the past 25 years before moving back to the Imperial Valley five years ago to take a job with an El Centro planning firm, but he says this will be his first foray into public government.
Meyerhoff will take over as city manager this coming Tuesday, July 5, and Wells will take up his post the following week on July 11. Holtville Fire Chief Alex Silva has been appointed interim city manager until Meyerhoff takes over.
Holtville city treasurer Pete Mellinger welcomed the new city employees, joking that it was good to see some males joining the almost exclusively female city staff.
“It’s good to see the men are taking back the building,” he said. “I was the only man left.”
By Luke Phillips