Mount Shasta’s new city manager is no stranger to the inner workings of the city.

Ted Marconi, who grew up in Mount Shasta and has served as the city’s finance director for the past 12 years, was appointed to the position during Monday evening’s city council meeting.

“This is well deserved... you’ve worked well and lovingly for the city,” said Mayor Michael Murray after he and councilors Tim Stearns, Russ Porterfield and Ned Boss voted unanimously to support Marconi’s appointment.

Marconi will take over for former city manager Kevin Plett, whose contract was terminated by city councilors after a performance review last month.

Since that time, Marconi has been the acting city manager. Monday’s appointment made his position permanent.

“It’s going to be challenging,” Marconi said of his new responsibilities. For the next few months, he intends to continue as the director of finance and carry out the job of city manager.

“We will advertise for a new finance director, but I’d like to wait until after the audit,” which should be complete around October 1, Marconi said.

Marconi was born in Berkeley, Calif., and moved to Mount Shasta with his family when he was six months old.

He grew up here and graduated from Mount Shasta High School before attending UC Berkeley, where he studied to be a city planner.
He was then drafted into the service, he said.

Once he got out, he moved back to his hometown and realized that big cities weren’t for him – Mount Shasta is  where he wanted to stay.
After working construction around the area for 15 years, Marconi said he hurt his back and decided to go back to school at Chico State University to study accounting.

His father, Gino Marconi, was a member of the Mount Shasta city council for 16 years, and served as the city clerk and finance director for nine years. He retired for his post in 1984, right before Ted was hired by the City of Dunsmuir.

During his five years there, Marconi served a variety of roles, including finance director, city planner, city manager and, for a short stint, building inspector.

In March of 1998, Marconi made the move to Mount Shasta, taking over the role his father had occupied.

Since then, Ted Marconi has been a fixture at City Hall and at city council meetings.

Though he said he never wanted to be a city manager, due to the position’s traditionally high turnover rate, Marconi said he’s ready to help guide the city through the current economic challenges.

“We need to figure out how to keep the city going,” he said. “I think the economy is picking up, but it’s going to be a long, slow climb. It will probably be another two or three years before we get back to where we were two or three years ago.”