Board of supes selects new county administrator |

Board of supes selects new county administrator

The county has a new top man and it could be said that he wrote the book on modern government.

Ted Gaibler, co-author of the international best-seller “Reinventing Government,” will be the new county administrator after a unanimous appointment Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. He will start Jan. 18 at an annual salary of $108,000 – about $14,000 more than his predecessor, David Brennan.

“Nevada County is one of the best-kept secrets in the country,” Gaibler, 58, said Tuesday. “I didn’t understand how good it is until I did some investigation and talked to people.

“I welcome the opportunity to come to the mountains and work with a good and dedicated staff,” he said. “I’m delighted.”

An Ohio native, Gaibler spent 25 years as a city manager in California, Ohio, Maryland, Oregon and Pennsylvania before writing his book with Boston author David Osborne. The book was published in 1992 and continues to be a reference for government managers around the globe.

“The book honors public employees and government – when they get rid of the bureaucratic baggage,” Gaibler said. “We ought to have government where the (employees) feel close to the citizens they’re working with, to restore governments to the role communities want them to play.”

After leaving public service in 1985, Gaibler established a government consulting company in San Rafael, where he worked as city manager for one year. He operated the company for 13 years, taking time out to write the book.

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