The recall election of Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty is set for March 6.
A recall petition signed by 172 community members seeks to remove him due to allegations of misconduct in office – specifically attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7.
Kelty has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The petition effort was led by nine sponsors including Ryan Burke, Erin Enlow, Jeff Treannie, Clint Huling, Robert Marquardt, Alena Syverson, Christina Chamberlain, Jason Gates, and Amanda Gates.
Kelty does not plan to appeal the recall effort, but if he changes his mind, then he has until Jan. 25 to file an appeal with Alaska Superior Court.
The City Council also approved a contract extension with interim City Manager Nancy Peterson at the Tuesday night meeting. Now she will stay on through Feb. 16.
Peterson informed the council that as of Jan. 4, there have been 13 more applications for the city manager position and one of those may be someone the council wants to add to their pool of qualified candidates.
The council decided early last month to hold off on their original timeline for hiring a city manager because of lack of a good pool of applicants.
At that time, the pool had dwindled from eight qualified applicants to three.
The council plans to do an initial round of interviews the first week in February.
The city also will be in the market for a new director of public safety.
Mike Holman will be stepping down from his post, Peterson announced that at the end of the month, after being on staff for 23 years.
Senior Fire Captain Mike Hanson is filling in as interim fire chief until that post is filled.
The former Fire Chief Arlie Colvin resigned late last month.
Peterson has said filling this role is “a top priority” and the city will be accepting applications for the fire chief position until Feb. 6.
The city council also appointed Dennis Robinson as the inaugural vice mayor. The
vice mayor steps into the role of mayor should the office become vacant or if the mayor is absent.
Robinson will hold the post until the next regular election.
- Federal ocean managers are making more than $2 million available to try to help fishermen catch less of the wrong fish. The agency says it is prioritizing projects such as gear modifications, avoidance programs and improved fishing practices.
- The president is marking the first anniversary of his inauguration with a government shutdown. Lawmakers are back at the Capitol trying to break the impasse — and playing the political blame game.
- This year’s local contingent of the international event saw upwards of 800 people come together. They came to voice their dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump and many of the policies enacted during his first year in office.
- If the federal government shuts down, many federal workers will be furloughed. Federal courts have enough money to continue operations for about three weeks. Active-duty military go to work as normal.