On his second day on the job, Mount Shasta's new city manager Paul Eckert was riding along with police chief Parish Cross to get a feel for his new town.

On his second day on the job, Mount Shasta's new city manager Paul Eckert was riding along with police chief Parish Cross to get a feel for his new town.

Earlier in the day, he attended

the Mount Shasta Rotary Club meeting and took a trip to the city's leach field on Highway 89. The day before, he met with personnel from CAL FIRE and Caltrans and talked with a company interested in a housing expansion in the city.

"It's been a real joy so far," said Eckert, who replaced Ted Marconi when he retired last week. Eckert left his position as city manager in Sioux City, Iowa for his new job in Mount Shasta. "I'm just getting to know everyone."

When asked about the differences between Sioux City, which has a population of more than 82,000, and Mount Shasta, he said he's enjoying the more relaxed pace.

In Sioux City, Eckert conducted weekly press conferences. On Tuesday, he made a short impromptu visit to the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers office to introduce himself.

He said there is little difference between accomplishing large projects, like those he completed in Sioux City, and smaller ones, like those he'll likely handle in Mount Shasta – they're all about collaboration.

"It's about bringing people and ideas together to solve problems and make improvements," he said.

Eckert said he's excited to work with businesses both in the downtown area and those expanding into other areas.

Eckert and his wife, Julie, are settling in with their two sons – Ben, who's a senior, and Reed, who is a freshman at Mount Shasta High School. Ben is planning to run cross country and play soccer, and Reed will participate in soccer and music, he said.

Eckert is also interested in possibly coaching Sisson's track team. He and Julie coached middle school track in Sioux City for 12 years and it's something they enjoy, he said.

Eckert's first city council meeting as city manager will be Sept. 9.