Windsor finds new town manager nearby

Windsor didn't have to go far to find a new town manager.

The Windsor Town Council on Thursday announced the job will go to Linda Kelly, the current city manager in Sonoma.

The selection came after a six-month search involving almost 50 applicants from the western United States.

"We're excited that Linda has accepted our offer. This is a step up for her," said Windsor Mayor Debora Fudge. "Sonoma will not be happy that we're stealing her from them."

She described Kelly as an "experienced city manager with impressive credentials."

"A lot of us know Linda. We see her on regional county-wide committees. She is well known to us and known as a leader among city managers," Fudge said. "She's a perfect match."

Kelly, 46, is replacing Town Manager Matt Mullan, 61, who is retiring next month after seven years as the top administrator.

She will be paid $168,200, up from her current salary in Sonoma of $141,000, but less than Mullan's $193,000 pay.

Windsor, the youngest incorporated city in Sonoma County with 27,000 people, has a population more than twice the size of Sonoma, a former Mexican pueblo that was one of the county's earliest non-native settlements.

But nowadays they have some things in common.

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