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Nevada City: Back to the future for new city boss

When Nevada City’s City Council removed the interim from City Manager Gene Albaugh’s title, they brought his public-sector career full circle.

From 1979 to 1992, he was a Nevada County administrator and active in girls softball while a daughter attended Nevada Union High School.

His fans from that era offered many kudos when he returned for the interim post.



“Everyone said, ‘You hang on to him, he’s really a great guy,'” said a City Hall employee who asked not to be named.

The congratulations kept coming this week, although Albaugh understands that a honeymoon period can be quite short for a city manager.




“This is a tough assignment,” he said Sunday. “The expectations are quite high.”

Albaugh’s experience as a financial director and city manager is what made him an attractive candidate for the job, Mayor Sally Harris said Sunday.

“His financial background was of great interest to us,” she said. “That experience will really help us with not only how we work, but he also has contacts that can help.”

Albaugh has been working in various roles for city governments since he left full-time coaching and teaching around 1978, he said.

Before accepting the job as interim city manager for Nevada City in March, Albaugh was the city administrator in Plymouth in Amador County from 2005 until February of this year.

Albaugh stepped in on a part-time, temporary basis after former City Manager Mark Miller resigned in February to take a job with Nevada County.

On Sunday, Albaugh said he was asked to apply for the position that will pay around $95,000 year. Harris said he will work for at least two years as the city manager when she made the announcement of his hire at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

The Nevada City City Council reviewed 40 applications for the job in a closed meeting on May 8.

Albaugh, who lives in Auburn but is looking at a move to Nevada City, has worked as a city manager in Wheatland, Colfax and Ione.

He was finance director in Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova.

In the 1970s, he worked for Calaveras County, where he moonlighted covering sports for a local newspaper under the pen name Peter J. Mulvaney.

His top goals in his new chair is to get the city’s strategic plan completed by the first Monday in July and making sure the city has adquate water supplies this summer.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail pbutler@theunion.com or call 477-4239.


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