By JEREMY HAY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Cotati officials announced Wednesday the hiring of a new assistant city manager, filling a spot vacant since early 2007.
Micah Hinkle will be paid $100,000 and focus on economic development, said City Manager Dianne Thompson, who was the last Cotati assistant city manager before she became its top manager.
“He has years of solid economic development experience,” Thompson said. “Business retention, business attraction, that’s where cities need to go.”
Hinkle, who starts Sept. 17, has been senior development project coordinator in Napa since 2006, responsible for special projects and business ombudsman services.
He managed developments including the Napa Valley Ritz-Carlton hotel, the mixed-use Riverfront development and the Napa County flood control project, said Thompson.
A Sonoma State University graduate, Hinkle was previously a planner in San Rafael.
His hiring is part of a staff reorganization in March that eliminated the job of the assistant to the city manager, Marsha Sue Lustig, as well as a part-time police department support services supervisor, Thompson said.