Mat-Su Assembly selects new borough manager

JOHN MOOSEY: John duffy's replacement will be paid $165,000.

March 1, 2011 

The Mat-Su Borough has hired a county administrator from Minnesota to be the new manager of the borough government offices.

John Moosey will start on or before May 9, said Patty Sullivan, borough spokeswoman.

The Assembly selected Moosey last weekend and Mayor Larry DeVilbiss signed a contract with him this week, she said.

Moosey will get a base pay of $165,000. He replaces John Duffy, who retired as borough manager last June after 10 years on the job. Duffy's salary was $131,580, Sullivan said.

Moosey is the county administrator for Chisago County in Minnesota, which lies just north of the Twin Cities. That county, with 51,000 people, is somewhat smaller than Mat-Su. He has held that job for almost eight years.

According to his resume, Moosey oversaw construction of three county libraries and a health and human services building. He also was involved in developing a law enforcement center and jail and a comprehensive plan, multiple road projects and park land purchases.

Before taking over the county job, Moosey was city administrator in North Branch, a town within Chisago County for eight years. He previously was administrator of Brewster, Ohio, and Defiance, Ohio, according to his resume.

He was born in Johnson City, N.Y., and raised in northeast Ohio. He has a master's in public administration from Kent State University in Ohio.

In Mat-Su, the borough manager runs the day-to-day government operations and reports to the Mat-Su Assembly.

The previous manager, Duffy, presided during a period when Mat-Su added about 30,000 residents -- a 50 percent growth -- and the borough oversaw a construction boom that included housing, stores, schools, libraries, a port and the ground-breaking of a major state prison.

Elizabeth Gray, the assistant manager, has been acting borough manager since Duffy's retirement.

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