Ian McGaughey, town manager for Clifton, has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the ACMA Board of Directors. He will fill out the remainder of a
Welcome to the ACMA Board, Ian!
Name, title & city/town
Ian McGaughey, Town Manager, Clifton
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, home of the Saratoga Race Course, a thoroughbred horse racing track and the oldest continuously-operating sporting
venue of any kind in the United States.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
I first got involved in local government by serving as a councilman for two terms in a town of 13,000 people in upstate New York. I felt it would allow me
to make a direct, positive (I hope) difference in my community. I later worked as a manager in Tribal government in Alaska before coming to the beautiful
Town of Clifton.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the fact that when I arrive for work every day there are new opportunities to help improve our town. As Clifton is a small community of 4,500 people
with a limited staff, I get the chance to be directly involved in any number of interesting projects. There's certainly no shortage of excitement!
What area of local government interests you the most?
It might seem a cop-out to say I find all areas compelling, but I love how I never know what issue is going to land on my desk next. If I had to pick one
area, it would have to be getting to know and working with the residents of our town. Even when a citizen is upset about something, I enjoy finding ways
to build common ground and find a positive outcome.
As a local government professional what accomplishments are you most proud of?
It may not be glamorous, but I'm most proud of the work my staff has done related to our aging wastewater treatment system. For years and years, the system
has been running in the red, draining resources from streets and other funds to keep it operational. This year, through a lengthy process of public meetings
and input, the town increased billing by 79% allowing for a self-sustaining wastewater system. Because we took great care to involve and educate the public
about the need for the increases, there was broad support for the initiative.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
I've always liked the idea that values are what govern our behavior even when we think no one is looking. I think it was John Wooden who said that. Keeping
this advice in mind can serve as an excellent guide to maintaining integrity at all times.