Nina Regor, Cloverdale's city manager for the past five years, is leaving to take a job as top administrator of a city in Washington state.
Regor announced she has accepted the job as the city administrator in Camas, Wash.
"She has been doing a tremendously good job for the city. We're very sad to see her leave, though we understand," Cloverdale Mayor Joe Palla said Tuesday.
Regor, 51, will be paid about $128,000 in her new position, less than the $154,000 she makes in Cloverdale. But she said it will allow her to be nearer to family, including an aunt and an uncle that live in Washington. She also grew up in the area.
"I'm happy about the opportunity and getting closer to family," Regor said. "It will be hard to leave Cloverdale."
Camas, a city of 20,000 inhabitants, is just east of Vancouver, Wash., It has more than twice the population of Cloverdale. With 179 employees it also has more than four times as many city workers.
Before she came to Cloverdale, Regor was a deputy city manager in Spokane Valley, Wash.
Since she arrived in Cloverdale in late 2007, the recession along with the accompanying decline in property and sales tax revenues contributed to the city's general fund dwindling from $11 million annually to about $5 million.
Despite the financial constraints, Regor said the city completed a number of significant projects, including the Cloverdale Fire Protection District headquarters, the History Center and the Performing Arts Center.
Although those projects were team efforts involving collaboration with non-profit groups and others, Mayor Palla said, the city manager was a "key player. She had a big part in facilitating the process."