Library wing to be named after late city manager |

Library wing to be named after late city manager

One of the most popular public officials to serve in western Nevada County in recent times will be memorialized by Nevada County.

Gene Albaugh, a former Nevada County executive officer from 1979 to 1992 and the Nevada City administrator from 2008 to 2011, will have a community room of the Madelyn Helling Library named in his honor.

“This is well deserved,” said Madelyn Helling during the Tuesday regular meeting of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. “We would have never built the county library without his support.”

The library that now bears Helling’s name was completed in October of 1991 after a six-year construction effort. Helling was the county librarian for 17 years.

“Gene was totally supportive of intellectual freedom,” Helling said.

Supervisor Nate Beason said Albaugh was responsible for garnering funds to match a grant that allowed the library to be constructed.

Albaugh died in September after a prolonged battle with incurable gallbladder cancer.

In the wake of his death, all those interviewed remarked on Albaugh’s persistently positive outlook, his can-do attitude and his famous response to an ordinary daily question.

Whenever asked how he was doing, he would respond, “I am bordering on the fantastic.”

Albaugh is survived by five children and 11 grandchildren.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call (530) 477-4239.

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