Interim Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez works for the Town of Mammoth Lakes under a contract.  As she says, her duties are limited in nature.  Once the issues are done, she said, the Town shouldn’t need her.  That’s why she has applied for a job in Yakima, Washington.

Sierra Wave website commenters revealed an article from the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper online.  That article says that the Yakima City Council named four candidates as finalists to become the next city manager.

The first candidate named is Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.  The article calls her the interim city manager in Mammoth Lakes with previous work as an assistant city administrator in both Oakland and Lynwood, California.

Three other candidates are named.  The article says that the city of Yakima had 40 applicants in its quest to find a replacement for former city manager Don Cooper who left in December after only four months on the job.

Asked about this move on her part, Marysheva-Martinez said she told the Town Council that most of the work she does is limited in nature.  She said when the Town gets over the big hump of settlement with MLLA, financial issues and personnel rules, her tasks will be essentially complete.  Martinez said she is committed to finish her work in Mammoth.  She also said that the Town is not in a position to have the “luxury of an Assistant Town Manager” but should have when the Town can afford one.

She said the Town should not need her after she has completed her tasks.  Martinez said she knows the Town Council likes her and she likes being in Mammoth.  But, with an end in view, the experienced manager is looking ahead.  While members of the public have complained about Martinez’s $4,000 per week pay, many others have commented on her competency and seeming ability to handle the perilous MLLA situation.

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