By Leigh Armstrong
Former mayor and city council member Stan Selmer has started working as interim borough manager following Tom Healy’s departure on June 7.
Selmer, who served four terms as mayor and fourterms on the city council before Skagway became a borough, started shadowing Healy during his last week in town.
Beyond his experience with city government, he also worked as a manager at the White Pass & Yukon Route and Alaska Power & Telephone.
While Selmer hopes to make his term as interim borough manager the “shortest-term interim manager,” he’s prepared to stay on and help as long as needed.
“The contract is an unending contract, plus one week,” he said. “That’s so when the permanent manager, there will be a period of transition.”
Unlike Healy, who served as city manager when Selmer was mayor and then later moved to Palmer, Selmer is a current Skagway resident and has roots back to the beginnings of the town with his family coming to Skagway during the Gold Rush.
His primary goal while interim borough manager is to help the assembly find and select a new manager.
“(The municipality) has gone for almost a year without a manager,” he said.
The search for the borough manager is continuing and the manager hiring committee has narroweddown the applicants list to ve candidates. The municipality ran social media and background checks on all five: Brad Ryan, public facilities director in Haines; Fred Ventresco, town administrator of Sandisfield, Massachusetts; Patrick Jordan, city manager of Escanaba, Michigan; Randy Robertson, city manager of Aberdeen, Maryland; and Todd Bodem, a former city manager of Sand City and Monterey, California.
The search committee, consisting of Assemblymembers Dave Brena, Steve Burnham and Dan Henry, will interview each of the candidates over the phone in open session. Then, three candidates will be selected for in-person interviews. The dates of the interviews are still to be decided.