Sewer Authority Mid-coastside General Manager Beverli Marshall says she is resigning in June. As a result, the SAM board is considering an interim manager before starting a formal search for her replacement.

Marshall has been general manager of the Coastside’s sewer authority since 2015 and has lived in Montara. Board Chair Deborah Penrose, who represents the city of Half Moon Bay on the board, explained Marshall is relocating to Southern California for another job. Marshall sent an e-mail as a notice of resignation to the board of directors on May 8 and stated her last day in the office will be June 11. 

At a regular board of directors meeting on Monday, directors discussed the next steps for hiring her replacement. Marshall explained that, in the past, the board has created an ad hoc committee to conduct recruitment. However, several board members indicated they did not want to designate a committee for the purpose. 

The board also talked about the possibility of hiring an interim contract manager for a year before recruiting a permanent general manager. 

“I would rather see a lot of these lawsuits settled,” said board member Ric Lohman, from the Montara Water and Sanitary District. “I think it would be harder to leap out and grab a general manager. … I think recruiting would be more difficult.” 

City board member Debbie Ruddock said she thought the decision should be a deliberation by the entire board. She also agreed the board should look at “retired folks who can do this work for a shorter period of time” before formal recruitment for the next general manager. 

Penrose said the hope would be to find someone who had previously worked in the public sector for a special district and lived on the Coastside. A special meeting is planned in the next few weeks to facilitate discussion on whom to hire as an interim general manager.

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