Perry. Photo: Submitted.



Press release from the City of Arcata:

The City of Arcata is excited to share the selection of Merritt Perry as the next City Manager. With more than 30 years of local work on public projects and 10 years of direct municipal government experience, Mr. Perry brings a wealth of expertise to his new role.

“Merritt comes with a great background and a great track record,” Mayor Meredith Matthews said. “He already has strong relationships in Arcata, graduating from Cal Poly Humboldt’s Engineering Program, working on many Arcata projects including The Humboldt Bay Trail North, and having raised his family in Arcata schools. I couldn’t be happier to know that our new City Manager is one with great experience who already has a genuine appreciation for and connection to our community”.

Perry will take over starting August 19th, the city said.

Regarding his upcoming appointment Mr. Perry said, “I’m very excited to get started in Arcata and am grateful for the City Council’s confidence in my ability to serve as City Manager. Exciting things are happening in Arcata, and I look forward to working with the residents, businesses and staff to build on the momentum underway set through the City Council’s vision for the future”.

Mr. Perry replaces City Manager Karen Diemer, who is set to retire in September after 28 years of service to the City, the past nine as City Manager.

For more information, community members are encouraged to email or call (707) 822-5953.