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Sparks City Manager

Neil C. Krutz, ICMA-CM 

Neil Krutz arrived at the City in July 1997, beginning his Sparks career in the design and construction division of the public works department. Among his early capital project assignments was the gravel-pit-to-beach project, now lovingly called the Sparks Marina Park. He has served in many roles for the City during his 23+ year tenure. Mr. Krutz was appointed City Manager by Mayor Ron Smith and confirmed by the Sparks City Council in February 2019.

His 23+ years of local government experience includes 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.

Mr. Krutz is recognized as a Credentialed Manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and is licensed to practice Civil Engineering in both Nevada and California. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno having received a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degrees. Mr. Krutz joined the city after working for consulting engineering firms in northern Nevada where he completed civil, geotechnical and mining facility design work.

Mr. Krutz’s experience with the City of Sparks is complimented by his commitment to continuing professional development. He has participated in Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation continuing education programs, where he honed the values of utilizing interactions as opportunities to meet everyone’s needs while preserving public safety. He continues professional education through Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he has studied driving government performance, leadership decision making and, leadership and character in uncertain times. He was awarded an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Kennedy School in August 2020.

He is enthusiastically committed to carrying out the City Council’s vision of Sparks as the city of choice for residents, businesses and visitors. His personal beliefs are capped with two mantras: to always be truthful, and to treat people how you want to be treated. He’s also known to mutter “you can only manage what you measure.”