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.


Council Agenda Packet – 01/19/15

To view the City Council Agenda for the Regular Meeting of January 19, 2015 click the below link.

Council Agenda Packet – 01/19/2015

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.


Council Action Notice – 01/05/15

To view the Council Action Notice for the Regular Meeting of January 5, 2015 click the following link:

Council Action Notice – 01/05/2015

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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Council Agenda Packet – 01/05/2015

To view the Council Agenda Packet for the Regular City Council Meeting of January 05, 2015 click the below link.

Agenda Packet – 01/05/2015

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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City Office Closure

Non-essential City services and City Hall offices will close at noon, Wednesday, December 31 and will re-open at 8 a.m., Friday, January 2 in observance of New Year’s Day.  Have a safe and Happy New Year!

FPD Attends Housing First Christmas Party

Housing First Fairbanks held their Christmas Party earlier this week, and Director Shirley Lee invited Police Chief Aragon to the event. Chief Aragon invited several officers to the party and a fine time was had by all!
Photo includes: Officer Johnson, Chief Aragon, Officer Hall, and Director Shirley Lee

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Shop with a Cop Event Happening Tonight

Tonight, residents will see Fairbanks Police Officers out with members of the community for the “Shop with a Cop” event.  Shop with a Cop is a national program that provides children an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their family and themselves. This program was developed to help make the season special for children and their families and give an opportunity for children to develop positive relationships with the law enforcement community.


Children are paired up with a Fairbanks Police Officer and get to go out Christmas shopping. Officers help the children shop for presents and the items are paid for with gift cards donated by sponsors.  After the shopping is done the children return to the school to wrap presents (assisted by volunteers), and eat pizza and snacks.  Children are nominated for the program by local elementary school counselors.


Sponsors have generously donated funds that allow each child a $100 gift card to spend at Fred Meyer.  Sponsors and volunteers include the Langston Family Foundation, Fred Meyer, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Counseling Department at Lathrop High School, Odom Corporation, Mt McKinley Animal Hospital, North Pole Coffee Roasting and the Fairbanks Police Department.  Many community volunteers also help with the event.


This is the fourth year for the Shop with a Cop event in Fairbanks.

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