Daniel Manley is a Junior at West Valley High School and the only boy of six children. He enjoys staying active, and does so through his school’s rifle team in the winter and biking in the summer. When he isn’t on the road or the range, he can often be found sipping his favorite flavor of iced coffee, vanilla, and debating politics with his friends, many of whom are exchange students. He is ecstatic to be part of the Work Study internship program, and looks forward to everything he will learn from it. Photo: Mayor Eberhart and Daniel Manley
The City of Fairbanks is continuing the student work study program that allows high school students to work with City departments.
Student Logan Arpino is studying under Sam Carlson, Engineer: “I’ve learned about paving roads and how to calculate vision triangles at intersections. I feel like I’m really getting involved with my community while learning about a career I want to pursue.” Jillian Conover is working with the City Clerk’s Office and learning about ordinances and resolutions. Coordinators are also working to create and fill student work positions available in the Information Technology, Dispatch, and Fire Departments.
Deacon Damario is a high school senior who is interested in public relations. With the help of Wendi Graham, a Technical Writing Teacher at West Valley, Deacon was selected for the program to learn public relations skills in the Mayor’s Office. “I am very thankful and honored with this opportunity to be able to experience working in a professional environment such as the Mayor’s office,” Deacon stated. Deacon’s first assignment was to draft a Press Release about the student work study program.
Mayor Eberhart stated, “I am delighted to have Deacon in my office and other students in city departments. We aim to provide the students with both work experience and insight into government. At the same time, we appreciate the help that the students provide to us. My thanks go to the School District, and particularly Wendi Graham for helping us launch this program and partnership.”
Logan Arpino, Jillian Conover, Wendi Graham, and Deacon Damario in Council Chambers.
Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO firstname.lastname@example.org, 907.590.0910
Mayor Eberhart will be nominating Randall Aragon as the new Chief of Police at the Fairbanks City Council meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014. The City Council will be asked to concur with the nomination via a Memorandum at the meeting.
The final two candidates, Lieutenant Eric Jewkes of the Fairbanks Police Department, and Chief Randall Aragon of the City of La Marque, Texas, were interviewed by a panel of five people, which included Mayor Eberhart, Council Member Chris Anderson, Council Member Bernard Gatewood, Human Resources Director Barbara Sunday, and Ana Marie Richards, Co-Chair on the Fairbanks Diversity Council.
Five community leaders also each asked a question. The community leaders were Wyatt Hoyes – Lathrop High School Student Body President, Shirley Lee – Native Justice Task Force, Frank Turney – Citizen Activist, Rodney Gaskins – Executive Director, Fairbanks Rescue Mission, and Reverend Joe Blackburn – Pastor, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Additionally, six questions were chosen from the public members in attendance. The group of ten, plus the City of Fairbanks Chief of Staff, Jim Williams, convened after the public forum interviews to discuss the candidates and help the Mayor determine who the best candidate for the position was.
“This was a tough decision because both candidates were impressive with many strengths. I believe that at this time Chief Aragon is the candidate best prepared to attain some of the goals I have set for the Fairbanks Police Department. These goals include transparency, communication, and diversity while continuing the very professional and valuable work that FPD does in our community,” Mayor Eberhart stated in an email to the City employees and Council Members.
If approved by City Council, the tentative plan is for Chief Aragon to begin work on December 1, 2014.
Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or email@example.com
The interviews will be held on September 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Civic Center at Pioneer Park. The Police Chief candidates are:
Lieutenant Eric Jewkes, Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska.
Chief Randall Aragon, La Marque Police Department, Texas.
Interviewers will include Fairbanks City Council Members, community leaders, and members of the public. The public will have the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates; a limited number will be selected for use during the interview process. Additionally, members of the public will be asked to submit an Advisory Ballot to help Mayor Eberhart make his selection of our new Police Chief.
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!
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.”
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.”