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Unalaska officially has a new city manager.

Thomas E. Thomas will start March 19.

"He agreed to a contract over the weekend, but we had to get the City Council’s okay on it," said Mayor Frank Kelty, who handled negotiations as directed by the council. "Now, we have a done deal."

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Unalaska has selected a new city manager.

On Sunday, the City Council voted unanimously to offer the job to Thomas E. Thomas, who served most recently as city manager in Rock Island, Illinois.

He beat out three other finalists, including Assistant City Manager Erin Reinders.

“Our consulting firm brought us four wonderful candidates," said Councilor Roger Rowland. "This was not an easy decision.”

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This weekend, the Unalaska City Council is interviewing four finalists for the city manager position.

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with the candidates to learn about their backgrounds — and ask why they want to work on the island.

Unalaskans are invited to meet the finalists at a public reception Friday night. The Grand Aleutian Hotel is hosting the event from 5 to 7 p.m.

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The four finalists vying to be Unalaska’s next city manager have arrived on the island — and their interviews will take place behind closed doors.

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the City Council has confirmed that holding interviews in executive session does not violate Alaska’s Open Meetings Act.

Peterson said they verified with City Attorney Brooks Chandler.

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The four candidates vying to be Unalaska’s next city manager will visit the island next week.

Should the City Council interview them in public or behind closed doors?

That question sparked some confusion Tuesday, after Jim Paulin challenged councilors’ decision to hold the interviews in executive session.

“I believe that’s a flagrant violation of the Alaska Open Meetings Act," said Paulin, an Unalaska resident and Dutch Harbor Fisherman reporter. "You had your other ones in open session. You should have this one [in open session].”