Welcome to Our Newest Employee: Paul Dick!

Welcome Paul Dick! Paul was born and raised in Fairbanks. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 1997 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003. He worked as an Equipment Operator/Shop Lead at UAF since 2005, before being hired at the Fairbanks Police Department as a Recruit Police Officer. Paul enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with family.

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Welcome to our Newest Employee: Jill King!

Welcome Jill King! Jill began employment on Monday with the City of Fairbanks in the Human Resources Department as an Administrative Assistant.

Jill has lived in Alaska since 1990 and in Fairbanks since 1992. Originally from North Dakota and Montana, Jill came to Anchorage in 1990 where she met her husband, Larry. In 1992 she relocated to Fairbanks, where her husband was born and raised and where they have been raising their 11-year-old daughter, Megan. She loves spending time with her family and also enjoys being outdoors berry picking, gardening, and camping. In the winter she loves to read.

Jill has worked as an administrative assistant, purchasing agent, and program technician. She has a B.B.A. in Business Administration and an A.A.S. in Paralegal studies. She was lucky to take time away from the work force to spend time with her daughter, Megan. Jill’s most recent job was at the Fairbanks School District in the Career and Technical Education Department. She is looking forward to her latest adventure working for the City and getting to know her co-workers.

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Goodbye and Congratulations to City Clerk Janey Hovenden:

We were so fortunate to have Janey Hovenden at the City of Fairbanks for the many years that she worked here. Janey anticipated the needs of the residents and Council, was proactive in making changes to make processes more efficient, and was incredibly responsive to requests for help and information. As City Clerk, Janey’s meetings were always organized and top-notch.
Thank you, Janey! We wish you luck in your new endeavors.

Photo: Janey Hovenden received a gold pan from Mayor Eberhart and Council Members, as well as a standing ovation.

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Advocating for the City of Fairbanks in Juneau:

Earlier this week Mayor Eberhart testified on HB105 and the energy needs of our community. Mayor Eberhart is pictured speaking in front of the House Special Committee on Energy in Juneau. Mayor John Eberhart is in the foreground seated next to Mayor Luke Hopkins.

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Employee of the Year Award: Community Service!

Four employees were honored for their service to the City and citizens of Fairbanks in the first Annual Awards Ceremony. Categories for the awards were in Customer Service, Safety, Professional Development, and Community Service. Scott McCumby, Sergeant with the Fairbanks Police Department, received the award for Community Service. Sgt. McCumby has spearheaded several community events to benefit members of the community, such as the Shop with a Cop program. Scott has also been an integral part of Arctic Winter Games, Run from the Cops, Operation Glow, and is currently preparing to participate in the Unity Ride, a national ride to honor fallen law enforcement officers. We applaud Sgt. McCumby for his ongoing activities within the community and his efforts to help others. Sgt. McCumby was presented the award on Monday at the City Council Meeting by Mayor John Eberhart.

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Employee of the Year Award: Safety!

Four employees were honored for their service to the City and citizens of Fairbanks in the first Annual Awards Ceremony. Categories for the awards were in Customer Service, Safety, Professional Development, and Community Service. Davina McMilon, Heavy Duty Mechanic with the Public Works Department, received the award for Safety. Davina has excelled in ensuring that public safety vehicles are safely operational and back on the road as quickly as possible. Additionally, Davina has improved communications between departments and she is much appreciated by all of the employees. Davina was presented the award on Monday by Mayor John Eberhart.

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Employee of the Year Award: Professional Development!

Four employees were honored for their service to the City and citizens of Fairbanks in the first Annual Awards Ceremony. Categories for the awards were in Customer Service, Safety, Professional Development, and Community Service. Danyielle Snider, Deputy City Clerk II, in the City Clerk’s Office, received the award for Professional Development. Dani garnered a grant that allowed for training for several agencies in the community on records retention and records management in emergency/disaster scenarios. Dani also implemented many new ideas and programs that have made processes, such as the Boards and Commissions application and tracking process, streamlined and more efficient. We applaud her forward thinking in these and other projects and initiatives! Dani was presented the award on Monday by Mayor John Eberhart.

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Employee of the Year Award: Customer Service!

Four employees were honored for their service to the City and citizens of Fairbanks in the first Annual Awards Ceremony. Categories for the awards were in Customer Service, Safety, Professional Development, and Community Service. Jessica Jensen, Dispatcher for the Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center, received an award for her outstanding Customer Service. Jessica has consistently gone above and beyond to provide excellent customer service to citizens in crisis and in support of other staff members. Jessica was presented the award on Monday by Mayor John Eberhart.

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Welcome to Our Newest Employee: Tim Zinza!

Welcome Tim Zinza! Tim began employment on Monday with the City of Fairbanks in the Engineering Department as an Engineer III:
Tim moved to Fairbanks in July, 1987 from Connecticut solely for the unique appeal the state of Alaska has to offer. Tim married a second generation Alaskan, Ginnie Hansen, in 1990, whom he has two children with, Cade (11) and Danica (6). His main enjoyment is spending time with his family by showing his children the interesting things Alaska has to offer such as kayaking the Chena River in the summers to skiing at Alyeska in the winters. In December 2004, Tim received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to start his engineering career and became professionally licensed in April 2009. His engineering career has spanned 10 years of which 8 have been spent in the private sector and the last two with the State of Alaska. He looks forward to extending his career with the City of Fairbanks.

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Welcome to Our Newest Employee: Alina Frey!

Alina started this Monday as an Accounting Specialist in Payroll. Alina introduced herself:
“My name is Alina Frey. I was born and raised in Moldova. In 1999 I moved to Alaska with my family. I graduated from Delta Junction Sr. High school in 2003. After that I moved to Fresno, CA to attend college. In 2008 I graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on finance. After college I moved back to Alaska where I have been working in Payroll for the last 5 years. Currently I reside in Fairbanks with my husband and my baby girl.”
Photo: Alina and Mayor John Eberhart