At the conclusion of its regular meeting last night (Monday), the CBJ Assembly met behind closed doors to further refine the interview process for City Manager finalists Kim Kiefer and Norman “Buddy” Custard.
The Manager Hire Subcommittee reported to the full assembly in executive session on the work it has been doing over the last month. Subcommittee Chair, Assemblyman Carlton Smith gave a brief, generic outline of the group’s progress during the regular meeting.
“The process we’ve recommended would have three primary components,” said Smith. “One would be the assembly interview, the second would be a substantial written component, and then the third would be interaction with the public.”
To avoid tipping its hand to either candidate, the assembly is keeping specific details under wraps until the interviews, which could take place as soon as next week.
Kiefer is the current deputy city manager, while Custard is chief of staff for the U.S. Coast Guard’s District 17, based in Juneau. The assembly chose them as finalists for the city manager job last month (December).
Current Manager Rod Swope is retiring at the end of March. The assembly would like to have his replacement on the job at least two weeks before he leaves.
- Greg Salard, formerly of Wrangell, was ordered to spend the next 20 years in prison and pay a $25,000 fine.
- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.
- Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.
- Dan Henry, also operator of the Skagway Fish Co., said he would make a decision about his future with the Skagway Borough Assembly after he returns home.