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Albany police chief finalists meet community members November 21, 2019

A public reception is planned for 4 - 6 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2019, for four finalists for the position of Albany Police Chief. The reception, with question-and-answer time, will be held in Council Chambers at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW.

The finalists are: Marc Denney, La Center, WA; Marcia Harnden, Snohomish,WA; Bradley Liles, Albany; and Shane McSheehy, Umatilla, FL. They were among 29 applicants from a nationwide search; 15 were interviewed in October. Each of the four finalists will go through two more interviews on Friday, November 22, 2019.

  • Denney currently serves as chief of police for the city of La Center, Washington. He came to La Center after 22 years with the Cochise County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office. He was a military police officer in the U.S. Army earlier.
  • Harnden is a captain in patrol and investigations for the Bellevue, Washington, Police Department, where she has been employed since 1993 in positions including lieutenant, corporal, and public information officer.
  • Liles has worked for Albany Police Department since 1994 as a patrol officer, detective, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and, since 2017, captain of the support services division.
  • McSheehy has progressed through the Eustis, Florida, Police Department since 1996 from patrol officer to detective, patrol corporal, investigations sergeant to captain of command operations. He also works internationally training judicial executives.

The new Albany police chief will replace Mario Lattanzio, chief since 2013, who will retire January 31, 2020. 

Housing Affordability in Albany

The City of Albany will host a public meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2019 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, to discuss housing affordability.

In 2018, the Oregon Legislature enacted House Bill 4006, which requires cities where more than 25 percent of renters pay more than half their income in rent, to hold a meeting to discuss the causes and consequences and barriers and solutions to reducing severe rent burdens. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 26 percent of Albany renters paid more than half their income in rent in 2017, down from 29 percent in 2016. 

Albany residents are invited to share their perspectives on rent burdens and possible solutions.  The City has invited local housing providers to participate in the discussion.

For more information or to provide written comments, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For special accommodations to attend or comment, please contact the Human Resources Department at 541-917-7506.

Major sewer projects underway near Albany’s riverfront

Sewer line construction this summer near the Willamette River should reduce wet-weather sewage overflows and increase capacity to aid development east of Interstate 5. The work totals $11.7 million, paid through a combination of system development charges, utility rates and loans.

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Excavators working in tandem to construct 20+ feet deep sewer line for the Cox Creek project

Excavators working in tandem to construct 20+ feet deep sewer line for the Cox Creek project

The $4.5 million Cox Creek interceptor sewer project is on Waverly Drive and Front Avenue near Albany’s water reclamation facility (WRF). K & E Excavating of Salem is the contractor. Approximately 2,400 feet of 24-inch and 30-inch sewer line is being installed at depths of over 20 feet. This is the first of several interceptor projects on Cox Creek that will replace existing, undersized sewer line from the WRF to the east side of Interstate 5. Larger pipe will increase capacity and reduce the chances of raw sewage overflows.

The $7.2 million riverfront interceptor (RFI) lift station and sewer forcemain is being constructed by Pacific Excavation of Eugene. The RFI, built in the early 1950s, is Albany’s oldest and largest interceptor sewer. It generally serves the oldest parts of town and was the first interceptor sewer built to deliver wastewater to Albany’s first treatment plant.

Occasionally, stormwater and groundwater infiltration exceeds the RFI’s capacity and raw sewage spills into the Willamette River. The new lift station and forcemain will help address those spills by diverting flow from the RFI during high-water events.

This project includes construction of a new wet weather lift station just west of the Wheelhouse building, between the railroad tracks and the Willamette River; and construction of nearly 1 ½ miles of 30-inch sewer forcemain from the new lift station, east along Water Avenue, north on Geary Street, and east on Front Avenue to Davidson Street. Pacific Excavation plans to have multiple crews working concurrently, with one at the lift station site and another installing the forcemain.

For more information on these projects, call Public Works Engineering at 541-917-7676.

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Installing RFI sewer forcemain on Front Avenue.

Excavators working in tandem to construct 20+ feet deep sewer line for the Cox Creek project

Installing restrained coupler on the sewer forcemain.

Community Conversation Continues November 19

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By Peter Troedsson, City Manager

It was good to see about 40 people come out at Deluxe Brewing Co. on September 17 to talk about the City budget with me and other City staff. As promised, we’ll continue the conversation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at Ciddici’s Southside, 859 Belmont Avenue SW.

These are informal face-to-face conversations with you: the people who live in the city of Albany. The City’s budget is your budget and “the City” isn’t “they” or “them.” It’s all of us. The money in the City budget comes from you, your neighbors, and your co-workers, including people who work for the City and live in Albany. 

The city council adopted the City’s first biennial budget, for 2019-21, in June. A two-year budget means taking a longer-term approach to planning and anticipating financial needs. It helps make clear the difference between “one-time funds”, such as proceeds from a property sale or a grant, and ongoing sources of income to pay the recurring costs like operations. The many ongoing daily operations of your City government need to be funded by predictable revenue. One-time funds are available just once; they won’t be there to pay the bills in the future.

For this budget period, the city council provided broad guidance: 1) begin to build up reserves that had been drawn down during the last recession to avoid service level cuts; 2) maintain current services as much as possible; and 3) reorganize and adjust daily operations to the funding available. 

The cost of providing City services is going up faster than the primary source of steady revenue – property taxes, which are limited by state law. The biggest factors in rising operating costs are payments to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), controlled by the state of Oregon and averaging 33 percent of the cost of City government; and health insurance. One of the insurance plans for City employees rose 4 percent this year; the other plan, which covers most of the employees, is going up 17.8 percent. By contrast, property taxes are expected to increase by 3.5 percent this year. 

I wasn’t a star math student, but I can still see that when operating costs go up at a rate greater than revenue, adjustments must be made. We need to cut back on the services the City provides or find alternative sources of revenue – or both. It takes time to identify new sources of revenue, to debate the effects they will have on Albany citizens, and then to implement them. That discussion is ongoing now. For this biennium, we’ve restructured and reduced staff in several departments, which will result in changes in the services provided by the police, fire department, parks and recreation, and the library. And while these are services funded by the City’s general fund, it’s important to keep in mind that the same people who pay property taxes into the general fund also pay for water, sewer, and stormwater services through utility rates.

The City’s mission is “providing quality public services for a better Albany community.” The city council’s intent is to provide quality services while responsibly managing the City’s resources. To do that, we will need to continue to make adjustments to service levels and revenues. I hope you’ll join me for a conversation at Ciddici’s Southside on November 19.

Albany Recognized for Performance Management Leadership

Washington, DC —The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Albany, Oregon, has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management.

“Performance management is a bedrock principle of professional local government management,” ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott said. “By recognizing these leaders, ICMA hopes to encourage others to make a commitment to collect and analyze data, report it transparently, and use it to continuously engage their communities and improve their organizations.”

Certificates are based on established criteria and are awarded at three levels: Achievement, Distinction, and the highest level of recognition, Excellence.  Albany is among 27 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence, one of 63 recognized overall, and the only Oregon city to earn recognition. This is the 11th year that Albany’s performance management efforts have been recognized by ICMA.

Jorge Salinas, Albany Deputy City Manager and Chief Information Officer, oversees performance management efforts for the City of Albany.

“We appreciate the City Council’s and City Manager Peter Troedsson’s support in open government, transparency, and performance management,” Salinas said. “Every department has worked very hard toward this certification.” Salinas recognized Media and Applications Developer Matt Harrington for his work in promoting performance management culture throughout the City and helping the data stand out on the City’s website.

Excellence certificate recipients collect and verify data to ensure reliability; train staff in performance measurement; report data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials; provide comparative and benchmarking information to the public; use performance data in strategic planning and operational decision-making; and share their knowledge with other local governments through presentations, site visits, and other networking activities. They also track and report key outcomes, survey residents and local government employees, incorporate data into performance dashboards or other visual communications, and foster the development of a performance culture throughout their organizations.     

A complete list of recipients and examples of programs that exemplify the certificate criteria appear on the Certificate Program page on the ICMA website. 

ICMA will officially recognize recipients at its 105th Annual Conference in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, October 20-23.

About ICMA

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. 

ICMA provides member support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to more than 12,000 appointed city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.  The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities throughout the world, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.

Contact:

Gerald Young; Senior Research Associate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 360-689-9784