Thursday, July 17, 1997 | 11:30 a.m.
John Sullard, who for 15 months has been Boulder City's planning and community development director, was named city manager today.
Sullard, a 53-year-old former California city councilman and mayor, was one of 130 applicants to replace Don Eppley, who resigned under pressure late last year. Eppley was accused of supporting measures that encouraged growth -- a four-letter word in Boulder City.
Eppley had received $86,826 a year. Sullard's salary will have to be negotiated.
The council voted 5-0 today after 45 minutes of discussion, selecting Sullard over two other finalists: Mark Fitzgerald, a city administrator in Burlington, Wis., and Gary Suiter, a Valley High School graduate who is town manager of Snowmass Village, Colo.
Sullard has been a city or private planner since 1970.
He served as a San Buenaventura, Calif., councilman from 1982-87 and was mayor of the town from 1984-86.
Sullard, who has a master's degree in economics, has experience in economic analysis of land use concepts and has been in charge of budgets for large projects.