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Meet Peter Troedsson, Albany’s new City Manager

peter tPeter Troedsson begins work June 26 as Albany’s next City Manager. He replaces Wes Hare, City Manager since August 2005, who retires on June 30.

Troedsson comes to Albany from the City of Bothell, Washington, population 44,000, where he has been Deputy City Manager for the last three years. 

He said he was attracted to Albany’s small-town charm, the beauty of its surrounding environment, and its strong track record of good management.  He said he intends to continue that record of good management, emphasizing stewardship of public assets and trust, keeping projects such as the construction of the new police and fire stations on schedule and under budget, and advancing ongoing initiatives such as downtown revitalization and succession planning within the City staff. 

 “Wes is retiring with an enviable record of success in fiscal management and promoting transparency within local government, and I’m looking forward to building on that solid foundation,” Troedsson said.  “I’m very grateful to the City Council for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the strong team that’s in place at City Hall.”

Thirty-seven people applied for the City Manager position earlier this year. The Albany City Council reviewed 16 of those resumes and interviewed five candidates before narrowing the field further.

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa said, “This is an important time of leadership change for Albany.  Peter will have quality, seasoned staff to ease his transition to this new role.”

Troedsson graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and Scandinavian languages. He holds a master’s in public administration from George Washington University, and a master’s in strategic studies from the Air War College, and is an ICMA Credentialed Manager.

Prior to working in Bothell, Troedsson had a 30-year active-duty career in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he attained the rank of Captain. Highlights of his career include service as Chief of Staff for the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans during the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting cleanup operations, and as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  His last active-duty assignment was as Coast Guard liaison to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  

A career helicopter pilot, Captain Troedsson commanded Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, Oregon, and Air Station Savannah, Georgia. He served in a number of operational aviation assignments, including an exchange with 771 Royal Naval Air Squadron in Cornwall, England, and was designated as a helicopter Instructor Pilot.  His staff assignments included work on the staff of the Coast Guard's Resource Director, where he was responsible for developing and communicating the Coast Guard's capital investment plan.