Marysheva-Martinez will stay in Mammoth Lakes

Interim Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez said she withdrew her application in Yakima on Tuesday.

Last week news surfaced that Mammoth’s Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez had applied for the City Manager job in Yakima, Washington.  This week, she withdrew that application and signed an additional year’s contract with the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

A press release issued by the Town says Martinez has “demonstrated her abilities and capacities to work on a variety of difficult public issues.”  The release goes on to say Martinez has focused on financial issues, negotiations with MLLA, plans for creditor mediations and providing leadership and support to the Town Council and Town Manager.

Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht confirmed that Martinez’s contract remains the same – $4,000 per week, some retirement benefits but no other benefits, and use of a Town car mostly when she’s in town.

Wilbrecht said Martinez came to him when the article about her application for the job in Yakima went public and said she would prefer to stay in Mammoth one more year.  Wilbrecht said, “We do have more work to be accomplished, and we appreciate her staying with us.”

Wilbrecht said if the Town does have to enter bankruptcy, Martinez will work on that.  Otherwise, she will work on MLLA, more consistent financial reports, improvement of financial controls, and policies and procedures town government wide.

As for current events, Wilbrecht said that officials are finalizing selection of a mediator and hope to start mediation with creditors early next week.


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15 Responses to Marysheva-Martinez will stay in Mammoth Lakes

  1. SierraFan April 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    With where the town is at this time, keeping MMM around is a fantastic move! From everything I know and have heard, she’s a great person to have around and the best to deal with the challenges. Congratulations to her.

  2. leatherbag April 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    “Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht confirmed that Martinez’s contract remains the same – $4,000 per week, some retirement benefits but no other benefits, and use of a Town car mostly when she’s in town.”

    I’m just an dumb cowpie parts buyer, but $4K/week is still $208,000/year.

    Who needs, “no other benefits,” with, “some retirement benefits,” at $208,000/year and a town car, “mostly when she’s in town”?! MOSTLY??!! And the citizens of the town wonder why the town is broke? The other “opportunity” must not have paid as well as the broke TOML. Do the math, not hard to figure. I’d have pulled out as well. Where do I sign on for one year with TOML?

    She’s crazy like a fox. Good for her. Suck it up while it lasts. Cash them quick, as all town employees should do. Then, run away. Run away and don’t look back before the check bounces.

    Nero plays while Rome burns.

    • SierraFan April 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      I would agree with you if we were just thinking of the salary aspect but I think she brings some series “in house” benefit. My guess is if they had to hire a large firm from somewhere to replace here, the cost would be rediculosly prohibitive. She’s done a very good job to date and don’t think the folks here would go this far out on a limb and take the heat if they didn’t feel it totally necessary. One would have to be totally nuts if they did!
      Given the work load of this lawsuit, financials, et al… along with other normal business, this really is a great move on the part of Mammoth. The $208k will go along ways and will (or hopefully) show it in the future.

  3. upthecreek April 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Mammoth can sleep well knowing it has two town mangers at the helm..


  4. Rob April 27, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    ^^^ I would tend to agree SierraFan.

  5. andrew April 27, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Does it really matter?

  6. Bemused April 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    So we’re paying Wilbrecht for what at this point exactly…to carry her laptop?

    • just the facts April 29, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      I think bemused is bemusing himself.
      Dave Wilbrecht left Mono County in great shape and after this mess (that he clearly inherited from some misguide elected officials still in command) blows over, there is no doubt he will earn the title of one of the best town managers ever.
      And guess what? He has no ties to any developer.

  7. longtimemllocal April 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I wonder how many will get laid off so she can stay?

  8. Dingo April 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Hey, I came up here for a year then another and then another and then another. Dang, its been 25 years now already! Am I really that old? Time flies when your having fun I guess, perhaps Marianna is just discovering that, good for her.
    Mammoth is an awesome place, old or young.

  9. Trouble April 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    $4000.00 a week, is she single?

  10. Big Rick O'Brien April 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I’m thinking if the likes & dislikes were working right now, there’d be some serious + likes for MOST of these comments. What exactly does one accomplish on a weekly basis to actually earn 4,000.00 ?

  11. jose chavez April 28, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    yeah, why arent the likes/dislikes not working????? in other notes, for that amount of money, i would have stayed too!!!!!! but no, the choices made by the people who run the town made it very hard for many middle class families to live a decent life in mammoth. so we moved. regardless of its God given natural beauty, mammoth is not a plcae where am willing to work 2 or 3 jobs just to pay rent….not worth it!

  12. just the facts April 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm #


    With any popular tourist destination, it is expensive to live in Mammoth Lakes.
    I’m not so sure the blame for the high cost of living can fairly be dumped on the people in charge of running the community per se.
    The people to be most suspicious of are the professional developers who find their way into elected official positions who never recuse themselves from … ahem … community projects that are currently being considered.

    Until it is 100% illegal for an elected official to accept one thin dime from any outside source, or profit from direct developmentments for themselves or for their friends (it’s a small town) the system you have in place will be a corrupt one.

  13. jose chavez April 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    just the facts,

    i visit mammoth from time to time, and you are right. any turist destination is expensive to live in and visit. as for the remaider of your comment, i could not agree with you more!


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