Welcome to Kristian Jorgenson-Geise: Our New Recruit Police Officer!

Welcome, Kristian!  Kristian became a City of Fairbanks employee on August 14, 2015.

Hello Fairbanks, my name is Kristian Jorgenson-Geise, I’ve been a member of the Fairbanks community for the last four years as a student at UAF.  I am currently finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  I look forward to meeting you all at some point.   Have a great day.

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Continuing the Conversation with Governor Walker

Governor Walker held a day long meeting on “Continuing the Conversation Budget Discussion” last week here in Fairbanks. Community leaders were invited for a second time to participate in discussing Alaska’s economic future. Two objectives of the first gathering were to define the right size of government and to develop a solution most Alaskans agree to for closing the fiscal gap. The second meeting focused on identifying how to deal with declining revenues and growing operating costs. Teams discussed possible solutions and cost cutting options.
Mayor Eberhart worked with Karl Kassel as part of a work group during a break-out session.

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Welcome to Caleb Hellickson: Our New Client Systems Administrator

Welcome, Caleb! Caleb became a City of Fairbanks employee on July 1, 2015.

 

Hi, my name is Caleb Hellickson. I was born in Fairbanks, and attended school at North Pole Elementary, Middle, and High school. After graduating High School in 2010, I pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science, and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in December of 2014. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my friends and family, and reading. By nature, I am very curious, and find just about any topic interesting. I am also always looking for ways to improve myself. I am extremely excited to begin working for the City of Fairbanks and can’t wait for the challenges ahead.

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Welcome to Courtney Sheen: Our New Public Works Dispatcher

Welcome, Courtney!  Courtney became a permanent City of Fairbanks employee on June 1, 2015.

My name is Courtney Sheen. I am very excited to work for the City of Fairbanks. I previously worked for a wonderful local attorney, but left due to having my son and wanting to stay home for a short time. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work at Public Works and get back into the workforce. I was born in Germany, and although I moved around quite a bit, I spent the majority of my early years here in this wonderful state. I met my husband in middle school in Delta Junction and we now have an amazing son that we welcomed to the world July 27, 2014. My family and pets are extremely important to me so that is where most of my time is spent outside of work. I enjoy all things family oriented and I love helping others any way that I can.Courtney Sheen

Welcome to Maxx Morrell: Our New Emergency Services Dispatcher!

Welcome, Maxx!  Maxx began employment on May 4, 2015 with the City of Fairbanks.

Maxx Morrell is a veteran of the U.S. Army with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He and his family enjoy everything life in Alaska has to offer.  Maxx enjoys hunting, fishing, road trips, reading, and ice cream.

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Welcome to Rebecca Harley: Our New Emergency Services Dispatcher!

Welcome, Rebecca!  Rebecca began employment on May 4, 2015 with the City of Fairbanks.

My name is Rebecca (Becca) Harley.  I am excited and honored to work for the City of Fairbanks.  I love working with people and chose to apply for the dispatch position because I think it will be a great way of being of service to my community.  I say “my” community because although I was not born here, I consider Fairbanks home.  I graduated from high school at CEC and attended classes at UAF.   My family, friends, cats, and dog are what’s most important to me, so most of my free time is spent with them.  I like to be as active as possible – working out or doing anything outdoors enjoying this beautiful state we live in.

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Welcome to Jake Thayer: Our new Recruit Police Officer!

Welcome, Jake!  Jake began employment on May 1, 2015 with the City of Fairbanks.

My name is Jacob “Jake” Thayer.  I was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. I am currently 23 years old. I attended Lathrop High School and I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in December of 2013. While in college I was a firefighter and EMT 2 with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fire Department. Some of my hobbies include hockey, golf and fitness. I have one older brother (Lyndon, 27 years old). I’ve wanted to get into law enforcement since I was in college. I am honored and excited to serve my community as well as start my law enforcement career in my hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Welcome to Jessica Lenahan: Our new Emergency Services Dispatcher!

Welcome, Jessica!  Jessica began employment on May 1, 2015 with the City of Fairbanks.

Jessica and her husband chose to move to Alaska 13 years ago to raise their two wonderful children. Born and raised in New York in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Jessie and her family have made Alaska their home. Jessica spends her spare time out hunting and fishing with her husband, or playing with their dogs. Enjoying everything the wilds of Alaska have to offer.394

Mayor’s Note: Diversity Action Plan Draft

April 17, 2015

 

Fairbanks Diversity Council (FDC) Works on Draft Diversity Action Plan (DAP)

 

Over the past several months, members of the Fairbanks Diversity Council have been working on a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) through the strategic planning process.  Although the DAP is not yet finalized, the group has identified goals for the plan, some of which were mandated by City Ordinance, and many others identified by the group as being primary diversity needs for the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

 

Shortened summaries of some of the goals include:  Reviewing internal processes for recruiting and hiring, securing financial resources to implement the DAP, reviewing internal policies and procedures, providing education and training on diversity, performing community outreach to foster awareness and give a safe venue for expression of diverse outlooks, and to promote diverse and cross-cultural activities to increase community involvement.

 

The FDC members have identified the need to develop four committees in the following areas:  Education and Outreach, Policy and Procedure, Media and Communications, and an Accessibility Committee.  If you are interested in attending the next FDC meeting to learn more, please join us on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.  All are welcome!

 

Mayor John Eberhart

 

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Mayor’s Note: Announcement Imminent-F16s and Grey Eagle Project

April 10, 2015

 

 

Recently, the Air Force held three scoping meetings in North Pole, Fairbanks, and Delta Junction, relating to the possible basing of F-35s (stealth fighter jets) at Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB).  A draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be completed in the next few months and there will then be a public hearing at which citizens will be able to have their questions answered.

 

Although the F-35s are a huge opportunity for our community, other military issues are also extremely important.  President Putin of Russia is apparently establishing four brigades in the Russian Far East, and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea is extremely volatile and a threat.  As we have known for decades, Alaska’s strategic location is of utmost importance to the United States and the western world.

 

Currently, Eielson Air Force Base is the home of a squadron of F-16 jets, referred to as the Aggressor Squadron.  EAFB is one of only two bases in the United States where Aggressor Squadrons are based.  The F-16s would complement the mission of the F-35s. Accordingly, it is extremely important that we keep the F-16s at EAFB. It is our understanding that Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), has now sent a recommendation to the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, with respect to the F-16s at EAFB, as well as the Grey Eagle project.

 

The Grey Eagle project is an unmanned aircraft systems (drones) project of the United States Army.  Although this is an Army project, there has been discussion of Grey Eagles being flown out of EAFB.

 

It is expected that there will be an announcement on F-16s and the Grey Eagle project by mid-April.  If the Grey Eagle project were to be based here, it would potentially lead to several hundred personnel coming to our community.

 

Mayor John Eberhart

 

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