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Three Albany Employees Promoted

Three senior managers with the City of Albany will assume new roles May 1, 2015.

Jorge Salinas, Information Technology Director, has been named Assistant City Manager/Chief Information Officer.  Salinas, 48, has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and management.  He also has more than ten years of military experience serving in the U.S. Air Force and Puerto Rico and Air National Guard.  He has worked for the City of Albany since August 2006 following a 15-year career with Hewlett-Packard. 

Salinas holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from InterAmericana University of Puerto Rico, a master of business administration with emphasis in IT management from Western Governors University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  He and his wife Nancy have two grown children and live in Albany.

Chris Bailey, Assistant Public Works Director/Operations Manager, will become Interim Public Works Operations Director and will continue to oversee the Operations Division which includes the water and wastewater treatment systems, street maintenance, transit services, the Albany Municipal Airport, and other supporting functions.  Bailey, 43, came to work for the City in September 2003 as Public Works Community Outreach Coordinator and has held several positions in the department including Water Quality Control Supervisor and Airport and Transit Manager. 

Bailey has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the U. S. Air Force Academy and a master of science in environmental studies from the University of Oregon.  She served previously as an intelligence officer on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and worked for a short time for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Marine Mammals Management office.  She has lived in Albany since 2001 and is married with one son, two dogs, and two cats.

Jeff Blaine, Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer, will become Interim Public Works Engineering and Community Development Director and will oversee the City’s Building, Planning, and Engineering Divisions. 

The Engineering Division is responsible for all utility-related regulatory affairs, utility and transportation master planning, design and construction management for public infrastructure, development review, utility billing, and administrative services for the Public Works and Community Development Departments.  Building and Planning provide building inspection, development plans review, land use planning and zoning oversight and enforcement, the historic preservation program, and administration of the Community Development Block Grant program. 

Blaine, 38, was hired by the City in January 2002 after working for PacWest Engineering in Albany.  He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University.  He and his wife and two children live in Albany.

Salinas, Bailey, and Blaine were given new assignments as a result of Mark Shepard being hired as City Manager in Corvallis; he begins work there on May 1, 2015.  Shepard has worked for the City of Albany for more than 22 years, most recently as Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works and Community Development.