PALMER — After nearly a seven-month process to recruit and interview candidates for the Mat-Su Borough Manager position, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly voted 4-3 to offer the job to Mike Brown, who currently works as the executive director of operations for the Mat-Su Borough School District.
“I look forward to working with the new manager,” said Assemblywoman Stephanie Nowers.
After the assembly had interviewed all of the finalist candidates, the 4-3 vote now allows the attorney and human resources director to immediately begin negotiating a contract with Brown. The assembly held a special meeting on Saturday to finish interviews and went into executive session to discuss who they felt the best candidate was.
“The manager interviews were a little bit laborious. I do want to thank everybody who we interviewed for their time and I want to congratulate Mr. Brown on being chosen. I do think that we have chosen the right person to chart a new course for the borough into the future,” said Deputy Mayor Dan Mayfield.
After returning from executive session, Mayfield, Nowers, Tam Boeve and Tim Hale voted for Brown. Assemblymen Ted Leonard, George McKee and Jesse Sumner voted in opposition.
“This was a very close decision to decide on the new borough manager position, both of these candidates Mr. Brown and Mr. Robertson were at the top of the field by everybody’s calculation, that’s how close it was,” said Mayor Vern Halter. “The decision was made to hire Mr. Brown and so I want to welcome Mr. Brown to the managerial position for the Mat-Su Borough. We’re at the time in the Mat-Su Borough’s life that a solid manager is needed. We may need a change agent, we may need somebody to understand the growth of the Mat-Su Borough.”
Former Borough Manager John Moosey gave his 60-day notice in April that he had taken the job as Palmer City Manager and former Deputy Manager George Hays served as acting borough manager during the five-month recruitment period.
“I want to thank George Hays. He has done an excellent job in managing the Borough over the last many months,” said Halter. “Mr. Hays has filled in and did an admirable, wonderful job. Some of the decisions that were made, I was astounded when I saw them. I was so proud of your decisions.”
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