Rob Patterson, who has served as Finance Director for the Town of Mammoth Lakes since 2016, will become Mammoth’s next Town Manager.
The decision was announced out of a closed session of Mammoth’s Town Council on Wednesday evening.
Patterson becomes the first internal hire the Town has made since The Sheet came into existence (21 years).
He officially takes the job March 1.
He is unique in that when he takes a position, he stays awhile. The Town is just the third employer of his career.
His previous stops were in the private sector – 11 years with Meeks Lumber and Hardware, where he rose to the position of CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and 15 years with Raley’s Supermarkets in their corporate offices, focusing on sales merch and operations.
In his seven-plus years in Mammoth, he has fallen in love with the community and adjusted to the public sector and that it’s “not just about ROI (return on investment).”
Patterson acknowledged some difference between he and Holler regarding leadership style.
“Dan’s more experienced … he’s gonna talk you through it. I say look at the facts. I seek out subject matter experts. I’m about direct conversations and decisions.”
In terms of what to look for out of the gate, Patterson said, “We’ve been running at a pace which is probably not sustainable (as an organization). It’s time to slow down, and spend some time on the transition. We also have a new police chief and [are in the midst of] hiring a new community development director.
Given he’s an internal hire, the indication is “steady as she goes” in terms of direction. Patterson would not disagree. “Most things that are happening … being on the leadership team, I have my fingerprints on them – at least within the past two years.”
As Finance Director, one of Patterson’s notable achievements has been the establishment of an effective TOT enforcement program.
Dan Holler retires from his post after a decade in the job.