A Skagway resident who was sentenced to a year in prison on federal tax charges has filed to run for borough Assembly.
The Skagway Borough Assembly will soon have an empty seat. Assembly member Angela Grieser handed in a letter of resignation on Friday. In the letter, Greiser cites health issues as the reason behind her departure. Working a full-time job, serving on the assembly and dealing with a medical recovery has been too much, she said.
Alaska’s campaign finance watchdog group has levied a $22,000 fine for a former Skagway Assemblyman. The Alaska Public Offices Commission says there is sufficient evidence that longtime Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry failed to disclose income information on his public office disclosure forms from 2011 to 2013.
Assemblyman Dan Henry turned in his letter of resignation in October, leaving one of the six assembly chairs vacant. But Assemblyman Spencer Morgan only had to sit out two meetings before being welcomed back to the assembly to fill an empty seat.
The commission will make a decision within 10 days. In the meantime, Henry has just about a week before he must report to federal prison to serve a year-long sentence for his failure to file income taxes.
In less than a month, Skagway voters will cast ballots for two open borough assembly seats, but one more seat may be vacant soon. Some residents have spoken up at recent meetings about their hopes for the future of that spot on the assembly.
This week, Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry was sentenced to just over a year in federal prison. Henry was convicted of failing to file his income tax returns over a four-year period. How Henry’s prison sentence will impact his service on the borough assembly remains to be seen.
Dan Henry must report to a federal prison facility by Nov. 1. His current term on the Skagway Borough Assembly ends in October 2017.
“I kind of sat around and was kind of hoping that APOC themselves would pick it up and go with it and they didn’t and nothing happened,’ said Roger Griffin. He filed a complaint.
After his recent tax convictions, it appears Dan Henry will continue to serve on the Skagway Borough Assembly.