Steve Potter, who is retiring this month as Napa police chief, will move into the city’s top job of city manager on at least an interim basis, the City Council decided Friday morning.

The council selected Potter at a special meeting called in the wake of City Manager Mike Parness’ surprise decision this week to retire as of July 24 instead of working to the end of the year.

Parness said he had hoped to serve through the rest of the year, but now faced another knee surgery that could not be put off.

Potter, who grew up in Napa and was appointed police chief in 2015, has been in the interim city manager role before. Last October, he was named fill-in city manager for three months while Parness was on medical leave.

Mayor Jill Techel said Potter will serve as interim city manager until at least early 2019, after the results of the City Council election in November are known.

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Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.