Gaebler hired as interim manager |

Gaebler hired as interim manager

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Ted Gaebler, who resigned as Nevada County’s chief executive officer last December after two of his key supporters were defeated in the November election, will be hired as interim city manager of East Palo Alto.

The San Jose Mercury-News reported that Gaebler, who gained international attention in the 1990s for popularizing the concept of reinventing government, will serve a four-month term while the Bay Area city continues its search for a permanent city manager. City Council officials said Gaebler, 61, will start work March 1.

East Palo Alto, the Mercury-News said, has historically struggled with economic hardship and a constituency that has complained of feeling alienated by its leaders.

Gaebler could not be reached on Wednesday, but he told the San Jose newspaper on Tuesday, “I am, by this stage of my career, a very experienced public sector manager and I’m interested in doing things that are interesting, and in helping communities that may need a little help.”

Gaebler was hired by Nevada County in 2000, but resigned late last year following the defeat of Supervisors Elizabeth Martin and Bruce Conklin in the November election. Gaebler’s assistant, Rick Haffey, was named by the new board to be chief executive.

At the time, Gaebler said the parting was amicable, but came at the request of Supervisor Sue Horne. “After much reflection, Sue Horne has indicated that she would prefer to have different leadership,” said Gaebler. “In a democracy, I support her right to have that occur.”

Horne, of Lake of the Pines, is chair of the board of supervisors this year.

– The Union staff

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