The borough assembly on March 7 appointed former borough manager Tom Healy to serve as interim manager until a permanent replacement can be hired. Healy retired in 2007 as city manager in Palmer, where he worked for eight years after serving as manager for seven years in Haines and before that in Skagway.

Healy has focused his first days in Skagway to building a timeline of various projects that the borough is planning. He’s managing the utility projects currently out for bid, as well as looking priorities concerning the port.

The Skagway Borough needed to fill the manager’s job after former state legislator Sam Kito III in February turned down the assembly’s job offer. He instead accepted a job at the University of Alaska Southeast.

The borough manager position has been vacant since July 2018, when manager Scott Hahn took a position in Rifle, Colorado.

With the position vacant more than eight months, much of the work has fallen to borough clerk Emily Deach and treasurer Heather Rodig.

“(Deach and Rodig) have done a good job sharing the borough manager responsibilities,” Healy said.

At the March 7 assembly meeting, Assemblymember Orion Hanson praised Deach and Rodig for their hard work in fulfilling the borough manager duties.

Healy is expected to serve as interim manager until May. He arrived in Skagway on March 8.

The borough is advertising again for the borough manager position, with applications due by March 29. The job notice is posted on Skagway.org. The position is advertised at $110,000 to $140,000 a year.