March 22, 2012 | Vol. 42, No. 12

Borough facilities chief resigns after 8 months

Haines Borough Public Facilities Director Brian Lemcke will be leaving the position effective May 1.

A local bar owner and former construction contractor, Lemcke, 61, was hired eight months ago to oversee the municipality’s physical plant, a job that put him between the borough manager and department heads including the public works director and the water and sewer manager.

“It’s a good job but it’s not my life’s work. What I’ve worked at 30 years is running the Fogcutter Bar. It’s not doing as well as it should be and I need to give time to that,” he said.

He was asked whether borough management factored into his decision.

“I don’t want to go down that road. It’s not really that, and getting into that discussion wouldn’t be fruitful for anybody. I’m leaving to take care of my own business. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” Lemcke said.

Lemcke said pay was not an issue in his decision. “I’m walking away from eighty-thousand bucks and you can take that however you want to. But it was a good job in that respect.”

Lemcke served two years as project manager on the Haines School reconstruction project, during which he also troubleshot facilities issues for the borough. He also served as interim public facilities director for two months before his permanent hire in September.