Advisory committee to present pick for golf course manager

Levi Pitts selected as finalist; Council has final say

Levi Pitts

Levi Pitts

KINGMAN - Levi Pitts, Cerbat Cliff Golf Course's assistant golf professional, is on the verge of becoming the golf course's new manager.

In early November, Council appointed a five-person committee to sift through proposals, conduct interviews and recommend to Council who it thinks should take over management duties at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course starting July 1. The committee contained Mayor John Salem, Councilwoman Janet Watson, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Meersman, Finance Director Coral Loyd and City Manager Jack Kramer.

The city received four proposals, and the committee selected Pitts as the finalist. Once selected, the city moved into contract negotiations with him.

Between 2002 and 2009, Pitts managed the Valle Vista Golf Course. In 2009, he entered into a contract with DP Sports, Inc. - owned by current Cerbat Cliffs Golf Professional Paul Mowry - to manage, among other things, the Cerbat Cliffs Pro Shop, the golf cart fleet and the driving range.

Pitts entered a proposal to become the next course manager under the company name, Cerbat Golf, LLC.

Mowry, who could have submitted a proposal, decided to retire once his contract expires June 30, Kramer said.

Kramer, unwilling to jeopardize the negotiations, said he could not give his opinion as to why Pitts was selected. However, he maintained that it was a tight competition because the city received four strong proposals.

Once the contract is worked out, the committee will make its recommendation to Council, which has the final say on the matter, at the Feb. 21 Council meeting.

The contract is nearly wrapped up, Kramer said, but if Council decides against the recommendation, the committee would need to select another finalist and enter into contract negotiations with him or her.

The remaining submitted proposals came from the following: a co-partnership between Joan L. Phillips and Roy Phillips, Patrick Carlin of Leading Edge Golf Management and Stephen LaBarge of Golden West Golf Management.

A message left on Pitts's voicemail was not returned before deadline.