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New Sonoma City Manager Appointed

Assistant City Manager Carol Giovanatto will take over from Linda Kelly on Dec. 13.

Sonoma City Council announced Monday night that current Assistant City Manager Carol Giovanatto will be the next city manager, effective Dec. 13. The appointment is subject to formal adoption of an employment agreement at the council’s next regular meeting Dec. 3.

Giovanatto has been with the City for 11 years. She also currently serves as Administrative Services Director, City Treasurer and head of the Finance Department. She will replace current City Manager Linda Kelly who was recently appointed as the Town Manager of Windsor.

The council announced its appointment after a closed session at its Monday meeting, according to a news release.

Mayor Joanne Sanders stated, “The appointment of Carol will provide much needed continuity during a time of transition. I have had an opportunity to work with her for eight years and I have full confidence in her ability to meet the fiscal challenges ahead.”

Giovanatto said, “I am extremely honored to be chosen by the City Council to lead the City of Sonoma organization. I am focused on continuing the high standards set by my predecessors in providing exemplary service to the citizens of Sonoma. The appointment as City Manager is the pinnacle of my 37-year career in local government and I value the confidence the Council has shown in me. I look forward to working together to preserve Sonoma’s economic vitality while protecting its historic character.”

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