Marena Works, who was named deputy city manager in 2013, is moving to Carson City’s Senior Center.
She will become director there when Janice McIntosh retires next year. McIntosh, senior center director since March of 2000, is retiring in the spring from the center located at 911 Beverly St.
The announcement came Friday from City Manager Nick Marano in coordination with the senior center board. Works met with board members on Friday.
“They’re very happy with the discussion they had with her,” said Marano, noting there would be some overlap to smooth the transition. He anticipated Works would start at the center soon.
Works became deputy city manager in May 2013. Late that year she was named interim city manager when Larry Werner, who had been city manager for about six years, retired. She was the interim during a search for Werner’s replacement. She returned to deputy status when Marano was hired to take over city staff and head government executive operations at mid-year.
Word Works is moving to the senior center came just a day after the city manager said he would have Michael Salogga, city business development manager, take on additional roles and move into the city manager’s office. Salogga will continue with development matters, handle internal communications, in part to shift from paper documents to electronic messaging and retrieval, and will work on a LEAN management efficiency initiative.
Marano said for the present, he will do without a deputy city manager.
Offices of the city’s four supervisors also are being moved across Proctor Street to the Business Resource Innovation Center (BRIC), which is just northeast of City Hall and is where Salogga has been located, but Marano said full details about the various changes at City Hall and the BRIC still are being sorted out.
Works, who earned a master’s in nursing and public health in 2007 and a bachelor’s in nursing 12 years earlier, serves on the Nevada Public Health Foundation Board and the University of Nevada Reno School of Community Health Sciences Advisory Board. She holds certification in public/community health nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has an endorsement as a school nurse in Nevada.
She was Carson City’s director of Health and Human Services before she became deputy city manager under Werner.
She headed the city’s HHS office since 2008 and before that, she served at HHS as clinic manager.
Works was chief school nurse for the Carson City School District from 2001 until 2005. She also has worked in both pediatrics and hospice nursing roles.
During her tenure as both deputy and interim city manager, Works spearheaded a months long drive to put on this year’s Nevada 150 Fair at Fuji Park and Fairgrounds. which was a signature event during the Silver State’s Sesquicentennial celebration. After the late July and early August fair, she won kudos from the Board of Supervisors, as well as virtually everyone involved, for her role in making it successful.