PERFECT WEATHER – Surfers assess the waves at Sandy Beach this morning. Waves were between 14- and 20-feet today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Assembly Rates 2 City Officials As ‘Satisfactory’

By Sentinel Staff

In its annual evaluations, the Assembly Thursday night rated the performances of City Administrator John Leach and City Attorney Brian Hanson as “satisfactory.” 

Both evaluations were held behind closed doors, at the request of the two officials.

After the 33-minute executive session on the attorney, Mayor Gary Paxton said Hanson received a “satisfactory” report and “thanks for a job well done.”

Following the 41-minute evaluation of Leach, Paxton said, “We gave the administrator a satisfactory report and thanked him immensely for doing a great job and doing it in a time of really difficult circumstances.”

Five Assembly members were at the meeting: Paxton, Steven Eisenbeisz, Kevin Mosher, Thor Christianson and Richard Wein. Valorie Nelson and Kevin Knox were absent.

The evaluations are customarily held once a year, usually in the spring, but business related to the pandemic delayed this year’s evaluations.

Hanson has been city attorney since September 2016. The Assembly hired Leach last September, when he was still on duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, and he took over as administrator on February 29 this year.

The administrator and the city attorney are the only two city employees directly hired by the Assembly and “serve at the pleasure” of the elected officials.

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-24-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 578

Total statewide – 27,669

Total (cumulative) deaths – 115

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 619

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 29

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 176 (155 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 147 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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20 YEARS AGO
November 2000

Photo caption: A painting by the late Dr. Walt Massey hangs on the wall of the Pioneers Home dining room,. bringing smiles from home administrator Julie Smith and Massey’s son Brian and daughter-in-law Amy, the home’s dietary manager. The painting of early-day Sitka was done in 1971, the year Dr. Massey, an optometrist and artist, died. It originally hung in the Canoe Club and was given by the restaurant’s owner, Frank Richards, to local historian Joe Ashby, who gave it to the Pioneers Home.

50 YEARS AGO
November 1970

Photo  caption: Sitka High School band director James Hope receives a check for $2,000 from American Legion Post 13 Commander Carroll Kohler. The Legion had voted to contribute $1,000 for uniforms and the Auxiliary voted to match that amount. The check was presented at the Legion’s Veterans Day banquet.

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