Nikki M. Salas

City Manager


Nikki M. Salas brings an extensive and diverse background as City Manager to the City of Barstow. She possesses a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership where her career has included a variety of positions in the areas of Human Resources, Information Technology, and Risk Management, as well as recently serving in the capacity of Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Apple Valley, and Director of Human Resources for Napa County.

Ms. Salas served as Senior Human Resources Analyst for the County of Riverside, as well as Assistant Human Resources Division Manager for the San Bernardino County Fire – Special Districts Department.

As Assistant Town Manager for Apple Valley, Ms. Salas oversaw multiple departments, which included Human Resources, Risk Management, Information Technology, Emergency Services, Facilities, and Park & Recreation. Her additional responsibilities included creation and administration of the town’s Public Access Channel as well as the Apple Valley Watch Public Safety Mobile Applications program.

As Director of Human Resources for Napa County, Ms. Salas in her executive leadership position reported directly to the County Executive Officer. She oversaw operations of 1500 employees and led a team of 15 Human Resources professionals providing a full scope of HR support to the County of Napa and its ancillary special districts.

Instrumental in providing strategic planning, organizational development and guidance to numerous county departments, Ms. Salas led efforts to fill numerous department head positions while reorganizing departmental staffing to improve overall operational efficiency.

Ms. Salas has the distinction of being the 2015 CJPIA Capstone Award Winner for Excellence in Risk Management as well as membership in the Inland Empire Personnel Management Association, California Public Employers Labor Relations Association, and the Society of Human Resources Management.

Nikki and her family have resided in the High Desert since 2003, and are proud to call the desert their home.

City Manager Staff:

Cindy Prothro
Assistant City Manager
(760) 255-5195

Brad Merrell
Consulting City Engineer
(760) 255-5105

Christina Rudsell
Executive Assistant
(760) 255-5195