In closed session last Thursday, Jan. 19, the Weed City Council selected Ron Stock as new Weed City Administrator.

Since the decision, Stock has accepted the city’s offer of $82,500 a year, according to Weed mayor Dave Pearce.

Stock was one of three candidates being considered for the position that was held by Earl Wilson for nearly 13 years.

Wilson, who officially retired at the end of 2011, will continue as administrator for two days a week until Stock takes over at the beginning of March.     Stock is expected to spend a few days with Wilson as part of the transition, according to Pearce.

Stock attended SW Minnesota State University and majored in mathematics. He also attended the University of Denver where he received two law degrees.

He became certified in public management at Florida State University, where he taught for three years.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Stock about the prospect of moving to Siskiyou County. “You have a small community here in the middle of Heaven.”

About the selection of Stock, Pearce stated, “He’s a pretty smart guy. I spoke to citizens after the meet and greet, and he was liked by just about every one.”

“His background seemed to fit Weed a little better than the others,” said council member Bob Hall. “He’s got a lot of experience with smaller communities and he’s very knowledgeable and concerned with finance.”

Council member Ken Palfini said, “I believe a change in our city organization can be a good thing. Sometimes a fresh outlook is necessary to put things in perspective.”