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Auburn City Manager Doug Selby speaks during the 2016 State of the City event at the Holiday Inn. 

Sarah Jean Condon, The Citizen

Doug Selby, who served for more than four years as Auburn's city manager until resigning just weeks ago, now serves as the interim director of the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority.

Selby said Tuesday that he started his new position on April 22 as the replacement for the authority's former director, Michelle Baines. Baines stepped down from her position in mid-March, said Paul Dudley, chair of the authority's board of directors.

Selby had previously served on the authority's board, he said, for around three years, but vacated his seat about a month after announcing his resignation as city manager in January. He stepped down as city manager on April 15.

Auburn Mayor Michael Quill replaced Selby on the board upon his recent appointment by the Cayuga County Legislature, according to the water authority board's March meeting minutes. Quill declined to comment Tuesday.

Dudley said the board approached Selby about serving as interim director when Baines stepped down. There were three individuals considered for the position, but the board picked Selby in consideration of his "vast" experience in municipal government as well as water and sewer issues, Dudley said.

Beyond his time spent as city manager for both Auburn and Las Vegas, Selby said he has a background in engineering that also includes around 10 years as the director for a regional water authority in Nevada.

Selby similarly described the circumstances of his new position as coincidental.

"I didn't intend to retire and just sit at home," he said Tuesday. "I was hoping to find something that would keep me occupied. This kind of fit in with my schedule and my needs, and I'm happy to help them out, as well."

For the next several months, Selby will "steer the ship" as the authority's board of directors searches for a full-time hire, Dudley said.

The chairman added that Selby will work around 20 to 30 hours per week on a part-time basis and his pay rate was unavailable. His responsibilities, Dudley said, include directing the daily operations involved with the authority's staff of five individuals as well as meeting with municipal government officials on water and sewer issues.

"I think we're very fortunate to have him," Dudley said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. I wish he could be here full-time forever, but I know that's not going to happen."

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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