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

 

Student Work Study Program Third Semester!

The City is excited to begin the third semester of the Student Work Study Program! This semester we have two students who opted to remain for a second semester and continue the work they started in early Fall: Jilian Conover is working in the City Clerk’s Office and Daniel Manley is working in the Information Technology Department.

Three new students began the program this semester: Noah Tsigonis will study in the Engineering Department, Jamichael Wright will study at the Fairbanks Fire Department, and Hayden Fisk will study in the Mayor’s Office under the Communications Director.

Photo left to right: Noah Tsigonis, Hayden Fisk, Mayor Eberhart, Jamichael Wright.

 

Second Semester of Work Study Program Complete!

The Student Work Study Program celebrated the successful completion of the second semester of student interning at the City of Fairbanks earlier this month. Mayor Eberhart presented students with Certificates of Completion. Two students completed a semester-only session: Logan Arpino studied in the Engineering Department and Deacon Damario shadowed the Communications Director/PIO in the Mayor’s Office. Both students were quick learners and we appreciated having them with us at the City of Fairbanks!
Photo: Deacon Damario and Mayor John Eberhart
(Photo taken by Amber Courtney)

 

Bjerremark Neighborhood Improvements Plan Meeting

Join Us! Neighborhood Meeting #2 January 20, 2015
5:00-7:00 pm (presentation at 5:30 pm)
JP Jones Community Development Center
2400 Rickert Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701

The project team has developed a conceptual plan to make Bjerremark Neighborhood more liveable, safe, and vibrant with improvements to the city’s right-of-way. We are looking for community input before finalizing the plan.

Project Schedule
Kickoff October 2014
Neighborhood Meeting #1 November 6, 2014
Neighborhood Meeting #2 January 20, 2015
Neighborhood Plan Complete March 2015
Phase 1 Construction (tentative) Summer 2015

 

Introduction to Two New Employees:

We are proud to introduce our two newest employees, Robert Carlson and Janelle Hoffman. Robert and Janelle are Operators and both began fulltime permanent employment with the City of Fairbanks on December 16, 2014.
Robert was born and raised in Oregon and began in the construction industry right after high school. After working on one of his first jobs, building heavy-duty logging and construction equipment, Robert decided he would rather be working as an operator the equipment instead of building and modifying it. It was more fun to play with when it was done!

25 years later, Robert is still enjoying playing in the dirt and the snow on his big toys. In 2000, Robert and his wife, Lynn, moved to Fairbanks. Robert joined the Local 302, and has worked various jobs across Alaska, from Prudhoe Bay to local contractors specializing in paving. After being a temporary employee for the City of Fairbanks for over 8 seasons, Robert accepted a full time position.

Robert has a daughter, Chelsea, who is currently in college in Oregon. He enjoys fishing, hunting and snow machining, and restoring his 1965 Mustang convertible in his off time. This year, he plans to start his racing career with his Legend coupe at the North Pole Speedway.

Janelle is a lifelong Alaskan. She grew up operating equipment for her father, Russ Hoffman. Janelle proudly joined the Local 302 as a journeyman in 2000. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with her four awesome children. Janelle said “I am very excited to be working for Public Works as I will be able to spend more time with my children.”
Welcome Robert and Janelle.

Photo: Robert Carlson, Janelle Hoffman, and Mayor John Eberhart.

 

Gerald “Jerry” Colp Retirement: Over 40 years of Service!

The City of Fairbanks is honored to thank Gerald “Jerry” Colp for his 40 years of service to the City of Fairbanks. Jerry was an Engineer for the City and an exemplary employee and an amazing friend. He will be missed here but we are excited for him to go on new adventures. Thank you Jerry for all that you did for our community!

Photo: Mayor John Eberhart, Public Works Director/Head Engineer Mike Schmetzer, with Jerry Colp and Myrna Colp.
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Mayor’s Note Newsletter: January Edition

Mayor Eberhart continues to make his priority communication and transparency.  One of the ways we strive toward this goal is through publication of a monthly newsletter covering topics and issues the City of Fairbanks is involved in.  We hope you enjoy the January edition of the Mayor’s Note newsletter and would appreciate your input at any time:  459-6793. Mayors note (PDF)

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New Year Wishes

2014 has given me an opportunity to see the work of the City employees in depth and I am very impressed with their professionalism and commitment to the citizens of our community.  Time and again City staff goes above and beyond in service to others, as evidenced by an occurrence within the past few days:  22 residents of a local motel were displaced late in the afternoon when the power was turned off and the building lost heat.  Our Fairbanks Fire Department staff worked with the Red Cross to ensure that all of the people found temporary housing, and stayed several hours until everyone was taken care of.  Another instance occurred this summer when the Fairbanks Police Department used every means available during the stand-off on Chena Pump Road to avoid harm to a suicidal person. These are just a few examples of the outstanding service to others that I see and have come to expect from our employees.  I am proud to be part of this amazing team and I thank the employees for their diligence.  I also thank the many citizens who have given of their time to provide input so that we may continue to flourish as a community.  Sylvia and I hope that 2015 bring health, success, and happiness to you and yours.  Mayor John Eberhart

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