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Folsom names new city manager

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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Folsom leaders have tapped the assistant city manager to take over as the city manager. Folsom Mayor Andy Morin announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, that the City Council has selected Evert Palmer, 51, to serve as city manager. Palmer has been Folsom’s assistant city manager for the past five years, said Sue Ryan, Folsom public information officer. Palmer will assume his new position on Oct. 14, following the retirement of Kerry Miller. “The City Council unanimously concluded that a hiring search would not yield any candidates who exceeded Evert’s high level of professional qualifications and his lengthy experience with the City of Folsom,” Morin said. “I have had the privilege of working with Evert for many years. His leadership in the city and in the region will be well received and his appointment will provide a smooth and skilled transition following Kerry’s retirement.” Mayor Morin directed Folsom City Attorney Bruce Cline to prepare a contract for the new city manager for approval at the Council’s Sept. 27 meeting, Ryan said. Palmer’s annual salary will be $201,420. Palmer is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager who has served the City of Folsom for over 15 years as assistant city manager, director of administrative services and assistant finance/information technology director. “I am honored to have been selected as Folsom’s next city manager and I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue serving this outstanding community,” said Palmer. “I look forward to working with the City Council, management team and the City’s employees to deliver the high quality public amenities and services this community expects and deserves.” Miller noted that Palmer has tackled many significant issues in his role as assistant city manager. “Evert has a collaborative spirit and is highly skilled at creating partnerships,” Miller said. “He’s hardworking and has the best interests of Folsom at heart. I have the utmost respect for him as a leader and I know the city will be in very capable hands with Evert at the helm.” Palmer has a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He is an adjunct professor of Public Administration at Golden Gate University, teaching graduate level courses in creating high-performing government organizations, Ryan said. Palmer is married to his wife Laura and has two adult children and six grandchildren.