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Following months of intense public criticism, Unalaska’s mayor is now facing a recall effort.

Frank Kelty has denied allegations that he interfered with the former city manager or forced his resignation.

But the recall petition isn’t centered on recent clashes at City Hall. Instead, it accuses the mayor of backroom dealings regarding the city dock.  

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The search for Unalaska’s next city manager starts this week.

The city has hired the consulting firm GovHR to lead recruitment efforts, and the company is now advertising the position.

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the city’s goal is to narrow down the top candidates by Dec. 1 and extend a job offer before the New Year.

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The City Council has taken the first step toward granting an emergency funding request from Unalaska’s clinic.

On Tuesday, councilors reviewed a proposal to allocate $500,000 for Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS).

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the ordinance would establish a reserve from the city’s general fund.

The island's health care provider would be required to prove its financial need every time it taps into that reserve.

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Despite months of debate, the fate of Unalaska’s fire division is far from decided.

The Unalaska City Council showed no consensus Tuesday, when city officials proposed restructuring the Department of Public Safety to put fire on equal footing with police.  

Right now, the fire chief reports to Mike Holman, police chief and director of public safety, rather than having a direct line to the city manager. He also needs Holman’s approval on his budget.

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Members of the Unalaska City Council are under investigation.

On Tuesday, Police Chief Mike Holman confirmed to KUCB that the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is investigating current and potentially former city councilors. 

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