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Carder's Term Extended As Interim Manager
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Riverbank City Council has confirmed Pat Carder in her post as interim city manager for another 90 days following her initial appointment for 30 days.

Carder was named to the post on April 1 two days after the council placed City Manager Rich Holmer on paid administrative leave without any public explanation.

Because there is no immediate solution in sight in Holmer's case (both parties have hired attorneys) Mayor Virginia Madueno said it seemed prudent to extend Carder's position by a substantial period.

Carder is retired and only allowed to work 20 hours a week to retain her pension. This is difficult to do, she said, in the current number of personnel and legal issues facing the city.

Carder, 60, was Lathrop's city manager from 2000 to 2007 after serving there 10 years as its community development director. Before that she served as Riverbank's first planning director from 1979 to 1990.

Holmer, 64, has served as Riverbank's city manager for 15 years, the longest tenured of any among Stanislaus County's nine city managers. He previously held local government posts in Folsom and before that in two southern California cities.

Looking to the next council meeting on Monday, May 9, Carder said in several items concerning the North County Corridor the Council is due to appoint Community Development Director J.D. Hightower as its representative at committee meetings; and work on the Proposition 84 grant first with Stanislaus County and then with Oakdale and Modesto on "how best to relinquish" Highway 108 to the new alignment of the planned bypass.

Council will nominate the ninth and final member of the Economic Development Committee aimed at promoting business in Riverbank.

Members also will set a date for a study session on the preliminary budget and hold a closed door session with labor negotiators.