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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Welcome Alicia Giamichael!

Congratulations to Alicia Giamichael : Our new FMATS Transportation Planner!

Welcome, Alicia! Alicia began employment on Wednesday, April 1, with the City of Fairbanks.

I am from Central New York where I grew up and attended SUNY ESF. I have my Associate’s Degree in Forest Technology from the Ranger School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Ecosystems Science. After graduating, I worked as an Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator for Marietta Corporation up until moving to Alaska in August 2014. I enjoy taking pictures while going on nature walks, music, and coffee!

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Welcome Angela Snow!

Congratulations to Angela Snow :  Our New Human Resources Director!

Welcome, Angela!   Angela began employment on Wednesday, April 1, with the City of Fairbanks.

Angela has nearly 20 years of experience managing and supervising staff.  Since she moved to Alaska 10 years ago, Angela has been working for Fairbanks Native Association.  As the Director of Early Head Start Services for 6 years she supervised and supported up to 45 staff.  Most recently Angela was the Director of Planning and Development, of which duties included supervising all of the 80+ staff that are under the Head Start 0-5 umbrella, and maintaining and writing  funding proposals for FNA Senior Management.  During her tenure, Angela secured over 4 million dollars in additional annual funding.

Prior to moving to Alaska, Angela also worked in management with the South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency as the Director of Housing and Children’s Services.

Angela Is excited to accept the challenge of the role of Human Resources Director for the City of Fairbanks.

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Mayors Note: March Edition

Mayor Eberhart continues to make communication with you his priority. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by providing a monthly newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in. We hope you find this helpful and informative and would appreciate your comments and thoughts anytime at 907.459.6793.Thank you, Amber.

 

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Mayor Note: February Edition

Mayor Eberhart continues to make communication with you his priority. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by providing a monthly newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in. We hope you find this helpful and informative and would appreciate your comments and thoughts anytime at 907.459.6793.Thank you, Amber.

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