Big-city manager takes on small-town Marysville
Among the bona fides listed on Walter Munchheimer's public administrator's resume are several comprehensive, long-range municipal projects, including one that garnered an award for Innovation in Government from the National Association of Counties.
Marysville's new city manager, 64, was raised outside of Eureka and began his career in Northern California, but spent the majority of his public administration and business career in Florida.
In his most recent government stint, he held the director of financial management post for Palm Beach County, Fla., and oversaw a $4 billion annual budget from 2000-08. During his time there, Munchheimer served on the Governor's Task Force for Growth Management.
Among the accomplishments he lists on his resume is development of an Internet auction software application that allows online bidding for counties' and cities' surplus property.
A "performance management plan" he devised and implemented for employees of Escambia County, Fla., attracted the attention of the National Association of Counties, and led to high-profile recognition during his time as that county's assistant administrator from 1994-97.
That county, which includes the panhandle city of Pensacola, had a population of 300,000 and a budget of about $80 million during Munchheimer's tenure.
The city manager's resume, which covers 35 years following his graduation from UC Davis in public administration and chemistry, includes his 1989-2002 ownership of a management consulting business for local governments.
Munchheimer's contract in Marysville is nearly identical to that of his predecessor, Steve Casey, and includes an annual salary of about $102,000.
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