City manager to leave Colfax post

Bruce Kranz resigning effective May 9
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Bruce Kranz, Colfax’s City Manager since August 2009, is resigning, effective May 9.

“As a California Public Employees' Retirement System retiree, I’ve been informed that I can’t continue to work for a PERS organization and continue to receive my pension that I earned during the 33 years that I worked for the California State Parks,” Kranz told the Colfax Record yesterday. If he doesn’t resign as a City of Colfax employee, Kranz said, he would not only lose his monthly retirement but his medical coverage as well.

When he became city manager, Kranz said, Colfax was not part of the PERS pension system and that PERS retirees, with some exceptions, can no longer work for a PERS agency while receiving PERS benefits.

Kranz said that when he was advised last week that he must make a choice, he notified PERS that he wants to stay “retired” and notified city council members of his impending resignation.

Colfax Mayor Donna Barkle called Kranz’ years of service to the city “invaluable.” As city manager, she said, he “guided Colfax through some of its most difficult times. Bruce will be sorely missed and we wish him well.”

Kranz said he is proud of the city’s accomplishments during his tenure as city manager, including current projects that are nearing completion.

“We broke ground at the splash park just a few days ago,” he said,” it should be ready to go by June. We’re going to have the only splash park in the foothills. … The lights are up at the ballpark; the new fencing should be done by the end of this week.” And Grandview Avenue, which leads to the sewage treatment plant, was just repaved.

Over the last four years, Kranz said, the city has spent “over $10 million on sewer collection systems, and the work is almost complete. … A lot of the major projects are winding down; it’s nice I got to see most of the them through.”

The 64-year-old Kranz said he’s not interested in retiring and will look for employment having to do with government relations, somewhere that doesn’t involve PERS. “I can go anywhere else – including the federal government and any private sector job – as long as it isn’t in the public employees’ system. I could even go to work for the University of California, because they’re not part of it,” Kranz said. “It’s just PERS I can’t work for.”

Kranz retired from the California State Parks in 2001, was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in November 2004, representing the Colfax area, but lost his bid for re-election in 2008. He stepped in as Colfax interim city manager in August 2009 when the city council and then-City Manager Joan Phillipe reached a mutual agreement not to renew her contract.

A special meeting of the Colfax City Council was scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, at city hall to begin the process of searching for Kranz' replacement. According to Barkle, the council welcomes input from the Colfax community. Reach Barkle by calling city hall at 346-2313.