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The Winters City Council hopes to fill the now vacant city manager’s job by November, according to Mayor Wade Cowan.

The council has hired the Roseville executive search firm Peckham and McKenney to find the next city leader and they will pay the firm up to $26,000, Cowan said.

Peckham and McKenney was the firm that found John W. Donlevy, Jr., the former Winters city manager.

The firm helps municipalities throughout the western United States find management executives.

“We (council) are all hoping we can find someone that wants to be in a small town,” Cowan said.

This means maybe a younger candidate, with a family they want to raise in a small town, Cowan explained.

“We want to try our best not to become, as most small towns are, just a stepping stone to a bigger organization,” he added.

As the search continues, the interim city manager will be a familiar face.

“We have an agreement with John to help with the transitions,” Cowan said.

“I will manage the email flow for the City Manager,” Donlevy said. “I have Items on the Aug. 18 agenda, and will be doing work over about a two month period.”

With the coronavirus still making its way through Yolo County, all citizen concerns and complaints, regarding adhering to county protocols, will be forwarded to the county as necessary, Donlevy said.

Cowan said Winters Director of Financial Management Shelley Gunby will also serve as the interim city manager as needed.

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