The city of Corvallis has hired Mark Shepard as its new city manager. Shepard, 49, will leave his current position as Albany’s assistant city manager to begin his new job May 1 in Corvallis.

Shepard’s hiring and contract were approved unanimously by the City Council at a special meeting Monday night. Shepard is an Oregon State University graduate in Civil Engineering and has resided in Corvallis for 22 years.

“I’m very excited to be the next city manager for Corvallis,” Shepard said. “The fact that I have lived here for 22 years has given me a good indication of what kind of community Corvallis is.”

“The City Council and I are delighted Mark Shepard has agreed to join us as city manager,” Mayor Biff Traber said. “Mark’s skill and experience in Albany and his long-term resident’s knowledge of Corvallis have made him the choice for us.”

Shepard was hired after an “extensive nationwide search,” said Mary Beth Altmann Hughes, city human resources director. The city reviewed 57 applications for the position, including 37 from outside Oregon. “Mark clearly came through as the top candidate,” Altmann Hughes said. “He comes from a similar-sized city, he has been a resident of Corvallis for 22 years and his knowledge of issues in Corvallis is strong.”

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