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New assembly tackles manager hiring question


November 12, 2020

The Haines Borough Assembly’s on-again, off-again manager hiring process is on again, again. At a meeting Tuesday, members restarted the discussion about the steps needed to advertise for the position.

“I asked Alekka to put (the hiring discussion on the agenda). I know the Personnel Committee came up with a new manager (job) description. Where do we want to go from here?” Mayor Douglas Olerud said.

He referenced a town hall meeting on the role of the manager that the previous assembly had agreed to hold before advertising for the position and said, “My preference would be to have the Personnel Committee, at their next meeting, develop a plan for us for hiring the manager.”

Assembly members stated a preference for advertising the position quickly.

“I agree with you,” Lapp said, addressing Olerud. “I think we need to get the process started. I think we should start advertising it, the sooner the better.”

A number of decisions need to be made before the position can be advertised. On Tuesday, members discussed at length how best to honor the requirement in code that they give preference to internal promotion and local hires.

Paul Rogers, who chairs the assembly’s Personnel Committee, made a motion to open the application period immediately to borough staff with a deadline before the Nov. 24 Personnel Committee meeting, a motion he later withdrew when other assembly members pointed out the two-week timeframe might not allow enough time to advertise adequately and only opening the position to borough employees would severely limit the applicant pool.

Assembly members eventually agreed to Olerud’s recommendation to have the Personnel Committee formulate a hiring plan at the Nov. 24 meeting and bring the proposal to the full assembly at its next regular meeting on Dec. 8.

Haines has been without a permanent manager since May when manager Debra Schnabel was fired. Alekka Fullerton has been filling in as interim manager, on top of her duties as borough clerk. Fullerton said she’s considering applying for the permanent manager position. Schnabel said she’s also considering applying.


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