Team Spirit at the City of Fairbanks!

At Monday night’s City Council Meeting, Mayor John Eberhart sported the jersey of the Lathrop Malemutes to celebrate their victory in the Mayor’s Bowl game held last Friday. The Lathrop Malemutes beat the North Pole Patriots 31-13, which was the first time the Malemutes beat the Patriots at the Mayor’s Bowl since 2003. Maybe Mayor Eberhart brought the team good luck by winning the coin toss for Lathrop!016 (2)

Welcome to Charles Renner-Recruit Firefighter


Please help us in welcoming new Recruit Firefighter Charles Renner. Charles started at the City on September 2nd in our Fire Department. “I have lived in North Pole for nearly all of my life and I love it there. I graduated from Ben Eielson High School where I played football, wrestled, and ran track. I have received my AAS in Municipal Fire Control and I am currently working on my Bachelors of Emergency Management. In my spare time, I enjoy four-wheeling, camping, snowmachining, and when I’m not outdoors, you can probably find me in my garage fixing something.”

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Welcome to William Soen-Recruit Firefighter

Please help us in welcoming another new Recruit Firefighter, William Soen. William started at the Fire Department on Sept 3rd. “I was born in Los Angeles County and grew up in Orange County, California. I moved to Fairbanks in 2011 to attend UAF and begin my career in the fire service. Currently, I am pursuing an AAS in both Municipal Fire Control and Paramedicine in congruence with a Bachelor’s in Emergency Management. I am grateful for the opportunities the Interior has given me in the form of higher education and career goals. I am enjoying learning the ins and outs of how to live like an Alaskan.”

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Welcome to “JB” Brainerd, Deputy City Attorney

Please help us in welcoming our new Deputy City Attorney, John “JB” Brainerd. JB started with us September 2 at the City Attorney’s Office:

“I moved from Minnesota to Fairbanks with my family when I was 10. After graduating Middlebury College (1988) in Vermont, I moved to San Francisco, CA. While in San Francisco, I graduated Golden Gate University School of Law with my Doctor of Jurisprudence (1999) and Master of Laws in Taxation (2001). I moved back to Fairbanks in June 2005 so I could be closer to family, friends and the great outdoors. I enjoy cycling in the summer and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow machining in the winter. When not in the great outdoors, I can be found at home with my family and our three dogs and cat.”


City Hall Rededication Ceremony Invitation:

258bee5Please join us as we rededicate City Hall in honor of former Chief of Staff and long-time City employee Patrick Cole. The event is Tuesday, August 19th 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Patrick B Cole City Hall located at 800 Cushman Street.

There will be speakers and refreshments. 907.459.6793

Deputy City Clerk Earns Certified Municipal Clerks (CMC) Designation

On July 15, 2014, Danyielle Snider earned the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk’s (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). Dani earned this designation by participating in extensive educational programs and involvement in professional development activities. IIMC supports life-long learning, skill development, public service and fosters a spirit of mutual assistance and goodwill among Municipal Clerks around the globe. It continually works to advance leading practices in professional and development activities and programs.

Congratulations Danyielle from all the staff at the City of Fairbanks! 002-Amber


Daughter & Granddaughter of Gene Jones Visit

008 (2)City Hall is fortunate to have the Jean Lester paintings “Faces of Alaska” displayed in our building. This past Friday, Renee Jones, daughter of Gene Jones (portrayed in the painting) and her daughter, LaMonee Patterson, came to City Hall to see the painting of Gene. The two ladies are visiting from Las Vegas and brought the late Mr. Jones’ ashes home to Fairbanks.

Thank you for coming to see the paintings, Renee and LaMonee. Next time you come they will be displayed upstairs where they will be accessible to all.

Press Release: City Finance Department Garners Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The City of Fairbanks Finance Department has been awarded the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

The criteria for the award assesses an entity on how well the budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  Chief Financial Officer James Soileau and Controller Carmen Randle provided exemplary budgetary preparation services to the City of Fairbanks.  The award was presented to Jim and Carmen by Mayor Eberhart at the City Council meeting on Monday, July 21st.

This is the second consecutive year that the City of Fairbanks Finance Department has received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.


Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or

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Sister City Visitors at Pedro Monument Rededication

002The Sister City relationship between Fanano, Italy, and Fairbanks, Alaska, was established to honor the birthplace of Felix Pedro (in Italian “Felice Pedroni”), in 2002. Pedro’s discovery of gold on July 22, 1902, launched a series of events that helped establish Fairbanks. Since 2002 there have been regular exchanges between our two cities. This year Festival Fairbanks hosted five visitors from Italy including the Great Grand Nephew of Felix Pedro, Adriano Pedroni.

Festivities included the Felix Pedro Monument Rededication Ceremony hosted by the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo #4.

Pictured are several of the visitors from Italy, Mayor Eberhart, and Adriano Pedroni (next to the floral arrangement), great-grand-nephew of Felix Pedro. Photo courtesy of Julie Jones, Festival Fairbanks. Amber

Press Release: Mayor Eberhart to Question Fairbanks Natural Gas Rate Increase



Mayor John Eberhart will file comments with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) questioning a requested rate increase by Fairbanks Natural Gas, LLC (FNG).  FNG is requesting a permanent rate increase of 6.92%.


“The citizens of our community are grappling with staggeringly high energy costs.  Many families have spoken to me of possibly having to move due to unreasonable heating costs.  We need to do everything in our power to improve the quality of life for residents, rather than add to existing financial burdens, and it is not clear why FNG is asking for a rate increase,” stated Mayor Eberhart.


The matter of the proposed rate increase is open and before the RCA for consideration. The deadline for filing comments with the RCA is July 25 at 5:00 p.m.


Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO,, 459-6793