EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Dysfunction

For some time now we have observed with dismay, to put it politely, the dysfunction at the highest level of the Sitka City and Borough government.

The time is past to remain silent on the abuse of process that culminated Tuesday night with the decision of the Assembly majority to fire Keith Brady as city administrator.

The lack of respect toward the duties and responsibilities of a city administrator that were revealed in the comments of the four supporters of the dismissal resolution, let alone their criticism of Mr. Brady’s performance in office, were evidence that a toxic mix of individual agendas had reached critical mass.

The issues on which they disagreed with Brady seemed to indicate an unwillingness to seek collegial solutions, and at worst, their attempts to influence Brady to take actions not supported by the Assembly as a whole.

It is significant, and to his credit, that Brady said he would not fire any department head upon the demand of any Assembly member, or less than the demand by the Assembly as a whole. This is significant as an indication that one or a number of Assembly members has made such a demand.

The entire structure of the Sitka city government is now in disarray, and it is hard to imagine a way to get it back on course without even more disruption caused by elected officials seeking their own objectives and without concern for the welfare of the whole community.

 

We can only hope that a way forward can be found, and that citizens and elected officials alike refuse to place unreasonable demands on the administrator, whoever that person may be, and work together for the good of the city and all who live here.

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

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20 YEARS AGO
August 2000

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

50 YEARS AGO
August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”

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