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.
- Tribal groups from opposite ends of the state have formed an alliance to fight mines they say threaten traditional fisheries.
- The deadline for bids and public comment on a proposed Haines-area timber sale has been extended. The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of old growth Sitka spruce and western hemlock on the Chilkat Peninsula.
- Heat pumps are nothing new. But upgrades over the past thirty years have made the systems a lot more reliable. Now Juneau installers are racing to keep up with growing demand.
- Concern over poor king salmon runs across the state drew a panel of fisheries experts together at a recent meeting in Anchorage. The event focused mainly on a better understanding of the science behind population declines.