Loomis’ new town manager considers Loomis a “gem.” “People are down to Earth here. Loomis is like a gem in the middle of metropolis,” said Rick Angelocci, who began as the Loomis town manager on Oct. 13. He replaced Perry Beck who retired on Sept. 30. Angelocci, formerly the assistant city manager and community development director for the City of South Lake Tahoe, will be paid $110,000 per year, plus a $300 per month car allowance. Beck’s pay after 11 years on the job was $116,000. According to a report written by Beck, the council began the search process in May and received 127 applications. The search was narrowed down to seven interview candidates and then four finalists. “He’s a good fit for Loomis. He has lots of experience and can help with planning issues. He’s very friendly. You feel like you’ve been talking to an old friend,” said Mayor Rhonda Morillas. Councilmember Gary Liss said he is very supportive of Angelocci, as are other council members. “It was pretty clear by the time we got to the final candidates – Rick stood out in my mind,” Liss said. Liss said he was most impressed with Angelocci’s background in planning and in working on collaborative agreements with multiple jurisdictions. “We’re hoping to get beyond litigation with our neighboring communities,” Liss said, referring to Angelocci’s track record of putting together 40 collaborative agreements during his career. According to Beck, prior to working for the City of South Lake Tahoe, Angelocci spent two decades at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and held the position of Chief of Operations. Based on his planning background, he will also serve as the town planning director. Kathy Kerdus, who held the position, recently retired. Angelocci calls himself a “problem solver” and said he looked very closely at Loomis before applying for the job and was impressed with what he discovered about Loomis. “Loomis was top of my list. What a gem of a rural, small town community. I knew this could be home,” Angelocci said. Angelocci said when he was scouting the town, he stopped at Taylors for lunch and left his smartphone on the table. He said he realized it and feared the phone would b gone, but he said he was pleasantly surprised to find an employee had picked it up and was holding it for him. He felt the incident spoke of the character of the town. Angelocci remarked that Loomis had stayed true to its original values outlined when Loomis incorporated. “For years town leaders have stayed the course. How admirable that is,” he said. Angelocci said he was also pleased with Loomis’ finances. “The town is very fiscally sound. Perry and the council did a great job. The amount of reserves the town has is unheard of for a California city. The town has no debt. They’ve made smart property purchases, like the town hall” he said. The new town manager said he plans to continue the traditions already established for Loomis and stay on the path the town has consistently taken. Angelocci said he plans to stick to “slow growth, no debt, continue with sustainability. I hope to do as well as Perry.” Angelocci, is divorced and has two daughters still living in South Lake Tahoe – Larissa, 16, and Sarah, 13. He said he is living in an apartment in Roseville and plans to rent for a year before settling in a more permanent location. He said his oldest daughter is a junior at South Lake Tahoe High School, but he may consider sending his younger daughter to Del Oro Hi MEET THE NEW TOWN MANAGER Who: Rick Angelocci, Loomis Town Manager What: Welcome reception When: 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 Where: Loomis Town Hall, 3665 Taylor Rd gh School.