Neil Krutz will officially take over as Sparks new City Manager this Friday, March 15 when current City Manager Steve Driscoll officially retires after 25 years of City service.

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter,” said Krutz, who has served as assistant city manager since April 2016. “I will miss working with outgoing City Manager Steve Driscoll and wish him the absolute best in his retirement.”

Krutz began his Sparks career in the design and construction division of the public works department and has served many roles for the City during his 21 plus year tenure, including 19 years in management of land use, infrastructure, utilities and development. He is experienced in multiple forms of public finance administration including tax increment, local improvement district, sales tax anticipated revenue bonding programs and impact fee program creation and administration.

Krutz said his first order of business will be to steer the City’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget to successful adoption by the Sparks City Council and will also focus on employee engagement and succession planning.

The Sparks City Council confirmed Mayor Ron Smith’s appointment of Krutz on February 25 and approved his employment agreement for a yearly salary of $223,100.80.

(The City of Sparks contributed to this report.)