Shepard, who lives in Corvallis, currently serves as the City of Albany's assistant City Manager. He will take over the reins of Corvallis on May 1, replacing interim City Manager Nancy Brewer. Brewer took over the position last year following the surprising resignation of former City Manager Jim Patterson, who left the City to take a post with the OSU Foundation.
Shepard is an OSU graduate and has lived in Corvallis for 22 years. He will be paid $150,000 a year - some $6,000 more than Patterson. Shepard was selected over a field of 57 potential candidates, many of whom were from out of state.
Mayor Biff Traber, and representatives of the firm hired to conduct the City Manager search, sited Shepard's familiarity with Corvallis, and Corvallis government-related issues, as among the experiences that separated him from the other candidates.
"Mark's skill and experience in Albany and his long-term resident's knowledge of Corvallis have made him the choice for us," Traber said.