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Interviews Friday With Finalists for KGB Manager Position


November 02, 2016
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Borough Assembly will hold a special meeting on Friday, November 4th, to conduct interviews with three finalists for the Borough Manager position. The finalists are Ruben Duran from California, Robert Grumbach from Washington, and Scott Albert from Texas. The special meeting will be held in the Assembly Chambers, 1900 First Avenue, Suite 144 (White Cliff Building).

There is also a community event scheduled to allow residents to meet and greet the candidate. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd at the Fish Pirate's Saloon from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. The Fish Pirate's Saloon is located at 76 Front Street.

jpg Interviews Friday With Finalists for KGB Manager Position

Ketchikan Borough Offices, 1900 First Avenue (White Cliff Building).
Photo courtesy Ketchikan Gateway Borough

Assembly Members and the current Borough Mayor have been provided paper packets with complete application materials submitted by the three candidates. Redacted Borough Manager applications as well as redacted cover letters and resumes provided by the candidates are also being made available to the public for download. This material will provide the public detailed professional history and background information on each candidate.

A Manager Search Committee was previously appointed by the Assembly. The Committee has approved a salary range of between $100,000 and $140,000, which does not include the cost of benefits, for the new manager. Members of the search committee are Assembly members Glen Thompson, Stephen Bradford and Mike Painter. Staff members are: Assistant KBG Manager Diana Garrison, Attorney Scott Brandt-Erichsen and Human Resources Dept. Karolyn Hallmann, and Borough Clerk Kacie L. Paxton. Current Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst is paid $144,200 a year, excluding benefits. (All the Ad Hoc Manager Search Committee minutes are available to read here.)

Friday's interviews will be conducted in public and will be televised. The interviews can also be viewed on online at KGB's Live Webstream site. All candidates will be asked to report to White Cliff at 9 a.m. In an attempt to maintain the integrity of the process, candidates awaiting their interviews will be asked to turn off their phones and will be taken on a staff-led tour of Ward Lake and the Saxman Carving Center.

Following the assembly's interviews with the finalists for the Borough Manager's position, the Assembly will consider selection of a Borough Manager. The method of selection will be up to the Assembly. The discussion of candidates leading up to the selection may be held in public or a motion may made to move to executive session.

The executive session agenda item is included on the agenda in order to allow the Assembly to discuss proposed contract terms for employment of a new Borough Manager. The expectation is that the proposed contract terms would then be used by the negotiating committee to negotiate a proposed contract with the selected applicant, and bring the final proposed contract back to the Assembly for approval.

A negotiating team will be selected Friday by the assembly members and it is anticipated that following the selection of the negotiating team, the meeting will recess in order to allow the negotiating team time to meet with the successful candidate for the negotiation process.

The three finalists will be asked to again report to White Cliff at 2:30 p.m. to allow for face-to-face negotiations with the selected candidate.

Following the meeting, with the successful candidate and the negotiating team, the Borough Assembly members will consider the recommendations of the negotiating team for approval of a contract of employment with the Borough Manager.

Current Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst will be retiring on January 3, 2017. The Borough Manager's Office supervises, directly and indirectly, all administrative departments, agencies, officers, and all other employees of the Borough except the School District, Borough Clerk's Office and Borough Attorney's Office. Additionally, the Borough Manager's Office directly provides for human resources management, State and federal lobbying efforts, code enforcement, and procurement (bids and RFPs) for goods and services of the Borough.

Candidates are scheduled to be interviewed at the following times on Friday:

9:00-10:30: Ruben Duran
10:30-12:00: Robert Grumbach
1:00-2:30: Scott Albert

To read professional history and background information click on these links:

Ruben Duran Application Materials, Redacted (pdf)

Robert Grumbach Application Materials, Redacted (pdf)

Scott Albert Application Materials, Redacted (pdf)


Reporting & Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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Ketchikan Gateway Borough



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