Mountain House taps new general manager
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Janice McClintock — an experienced city manager with a technology background — will become the town’s general manager effective Monday, April 15.

The Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors announced the decision to hire the 55-year-old during its monthly meeting Wednesday, April 10.

McClintock signed a five-year contract with the town and will be paid $130,000 annually.

After the meeting, McClintock said that “the exciting growth potential” in Mountain House “was very intriguing.”

“It looks like a very stable, a very active community,” she said. “I see a bright future for Mountain House because we are poised to take advantage of the recovering economy, and I think that brings a lot of new opportunity.”

Mountain House directors have sought a permanent general manager since the contract of ML Gordon was voided in August after his prolonged medical absence. Rich Ramirez was hired in mid-December to be interim general manager.

According to Ramirez, who was privy to the hiring details, the town received 60 applications, and McClintock was unanimously chosen by directors from a final pool of eight candidates.

Ramirez’s final day as interim manager is Friday, April 12.

Board director Bernice King Tingle said she “was very impressed” with McClintock’s “strong team-building skills and technology background.”

“What was most important for me is that she is excited about finding solutions,” Tingle said. “Mountain House is going through several growth periods so that’s going to be important. She is also a negotiator, and these are the type of things you need when building a city.”

Before accepting the general manager position, McClintock said she was managing her own technology and management consulting firm. She also has served as the city manager of Colusa and San Juan Bautista and has more than 11 years of information-technology consulting experience.

McClintock described herself as an “empowerer and team-builder” and said she “is looking forward to working with the community.”

“Our world is so complicated now that I don’t think one person can know it all anymore,” she said. “I’m the kind of person who has found in their career that when you sit down and talk with people who have multiple expertise, better solutions can emerge than if it was just one person thinking.”

During her first 60 days, McClintock wants to focus on drafting a 2013-14 fiscal-year budget that board members can approve, assessing the revenue streams for the town’s water and sewer systems and making “sure we are positioned and ready for the resurgence of the economy.”

“We are already starting to see it, especially with the big upswing in building permits,” she said. “I think that the activity from the builders is coming in already, and with things like the Amazon warehouse bringing jobs into the area, we want to form partnerships with Tracy and the developers with the industrial lands so that we can capitalize on our opportunities.”

Celeste Farron, board president, said McClintock’s “steadfast attitude” and “solid approach” made her the most attractive candidate.

“Mountain House is only a quarter of the way built, so we have a ways to go and we need someone who can look forward and keep it steady as we go,” Farron said. “I think she will have the support of the community as we move on.”

According to the terms of her contract, McClintock will receive a car allowance of $110 for each two-week pay period and an $8,000 moving reimbursement.

She receives three weeks of vacation her first year and four weeks in each of the remaining four years of her contract. Ten paid holidays and 12 sick days a year are also at her disposal.

The board of directors can terminate the contract “with or without cause or prior notice,” the contract states, and McClintock can resign at any time for any reason, but must give 30 days’ written notice to the board.

Looking to the future, McClintock said she is “most concerned” with trying to provide adequate services to residents as the town grows.

“We need to be making sure we maintain services at cost-effective levels as we grow,” she said. “The idea is that as you grow, you can offer more. To do that cost-effectively is a challenge I think we can meet.”

McClintock — who lives in Yuba City, north of Sacramento — said she and her husband hope to be living in the community by June 1.

She moved to California in 1998 and grew up as a child in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri as her father followed work for a telephone company.

The new town manager has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Millikin University and a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. McClintock is a self-described “rockhound.”

To view the full text of Janice McClintock’s contract, go online to www.mhcsd.com/node/394

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

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