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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 City of Unalaska could be on the hook for nearly $6,000 after unredacted copies of the mayoral recall petition were posted on Facebook.

The city clerk has apologized to community members who had parts of their social security numbers released.

Once a recall petition is certified by the city clerk, it becomes part of public record and anyone can request to see it.

On Dec. 27, the petition against Mayor Frank Kelty went public, after KUCB and other parties requested copies.

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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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This week, KUCB has been reporting on the allegations against Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty and how recall elections work.

Currently, state law dictates city clerks evaluate recall petitions, but they don’t have to prove the charges actually occurred. This means elected officials can be recalled simply because the voters don’t like them.

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