Arbor Day Celebrations in the Community:

The week around Arbor Day saw many trees being planted around the community:On Monday, May 19th, Mayor Eberhart read an Arbor Day Proclamation from all three local mayors, and praised the efforts of Arbor Day groups and helped to plant a tree with the Friends of Creamer’s Field.On Wednesday, May 21st, the Fairbanks Arbor Committee came to City Hall to plant a spruce tree! Our landscaping has been lopsided since our previous spruce tree died and staff was happy to see this new green life in our lawn. The Arbor Committee is pictured here: Mike Musick, Dr. Karl Monetti, Jim Smith, Naomi O’Neal (with “Pink” the Arbor Dog), and Dick Farris. Naomi grew and donated the spruce we are now sporting in front of our building. Thank you Fairbanks Arbor Committee!

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Police Memorial Day

Today the annual Police Memorial Day event was held at the Fairbanks Police Department. Peace officers and the public assembled for a time to remember 67 Alaskan heroes in law enforcement. The event included a Welcome from Deputy Chief Brad Johnson, Invocation by Chaplain Brian Graham, National Anthem sung by David Wilcoxin, Remarks by Senator Mark Begich, and Keynote Speaker Michael Geraghty. The memorial wreaths were places and name plaques unveiled. The US Air Force provided a 21-Gun Salute and Taps was played by Airman First Class Daniel Cadena from the US Air Force. Our very own Officer Nate Werner played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Photo credit – Amber CourtneyIMG_1486 (2)

 

First Work-Based Learning Experience Completed!

Today, May 14, the staff at the Patrick B. Cole City Hall is saying goodbye to Jada Anderson, the first student to participate in the new Work Study Program. Jada is graduating from West Valley High School and will be leaving for the Air Force this summer. We thank Jada for being a hard worker and her outstanding social media contributions while working here the past 10 weeks.

Mayor Eberhart presents Jada with a gold pan with the City seal and thanks her for her time and efforts.
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Welcome Alaska Peace Officers Association Conference

Mayor Eberhart welcomes the Alaska Peace Officers Association 2014 Crime Conference to Fairbanks this morning. Improved public safety is Mayor Eberhart’s top priority. The City of Fairbanks is pleased to have these law enforcement professionals gather here during National Police Week. Amber
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City Employee Blood Drive

Yesterday, employees of the City of Fairbanks donated blood through the Blood Bank of Alaska at the Patrick B. Cole City Hall. Employees from the Fairbanks Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works, and City Hall administration participated in donating blood. Pictured is Candy Dyer who is a seasonal employee that came in on her “off season” to give blood that could help save lives. Photo taken by Amber Courtney.
~Jada~
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New Employee: Ali Fletcher-Nolan

Meet Ali Fletcher-Nolan, the newest employee of the City of Fairbanks. He grew up in Chitina, AK and went to Kenny Lake High School. He has lived in Fairbanks since 1996. Ali joined the Laborers Union in 2001 and has worked in road construction ever since. In 2011, he started working for the Public Works Department as a seasonal winter employee. Yesterday, he was hired as full time permanent employee for the City of Fairbanks.  (Jada)IMG_1449 (2)
Photo by Amber Courtney.

 

A Note From Mayor Eberhart

The tragic loss of Alaska State Troopers Sergeant Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich reminds us of what it truly means to be a hero; to put your comfort, safety, and life in danger to serve and protect others. I am in awe of their sacrifice and saddened by the loss of these two fine law enforcement officers. Let us express our deepest sympathies to the officer’s families.

Mayor John Eberhart

Employee Highlight: Linda Dewey

Linda Dewey has worked as a Legal Secretary for the City of Fairbanks for 27 years. She currently works in the Attorney’s Office at the Patrick B. Cole City Hall. She is the only person that works in her position and has taken on a large work-load. Linda was a legal secretary at a law firm before coming to work for the City. When she is not at work, Linda enjoys spending time with her children at the dirt track cheering on her husband, who races cars. She also enjoys playing with her dogs. Linda is an amazing quilter and has donated several beautiful quilts to causes such as the upcoming Heart Walk to help raise funds.
~Jada~

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First Friday at City Hall: Jean Lester “Faces of Alaska”

Please also join us during the First Friday event, May 2, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for “Photovoice,” a pictorial perspective on the prevention of underage drinking and adult heavy/binge drinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to 3 new Emergency Communication Dispatchers

We are glad to welcome 3 new dispatchers. Pictured below are Mayor Eberhart, Emergency Communication Center Manager Stephanie Johnson and our 3 new dispatchers. Alicia Alexander, Kimberly Dolci, and Kasey-Lyn Wilson.Alicia – I have had an interest in public safety and emergency services ever since I can remember! I started pursuing this interest professionally as a volunteer with Girdwood Fire Department, I worked for the University for the Municipal Fire Degree Program and I will graduate this summer with a Bachelors of Emergency Management degree. Of which, each these opportunities allowed me to grow, learn, network and transition into employment with the City working as an emergency dispatcher. Dispatch has been a very good fit, I love it- I look forward to a long exciting career here.

Kimberly – I am a permanent Emergency Dispatcher at FECc and I started work on March 17th of this year. I have a Bachelors degree in Justice Studies with a minor in Communication Studies from San Jose University. In California I worked at the Palo Alto Police Department and Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department in various capacities. I started as a Cadet at PAPD when I was in high school and later became a Captain of their Explorer Program. I later worked as a Police Assistant (CSO) at Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department before my move to Fairbanks in August of 2013.

Kasey – I have 2 kids that keep me very busy. After being in the accounting world for most of my career I decided to make a leap of faith and go for my dream job as a 911 Dispatcher.

Joan

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