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Today is Mike Holman’s last day on the job.

Unalaska’s police chief and director of public safety is retiring after 23 years with the department.

Holman has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Until the city hires his full-time replacement, officials have appointed Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley to serve as acting director.

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On Monday, KUCB reported that sponsors of the petition to recall Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty have no proof supporting their allegation that he pursued illegal dock agreements.

Now, we bring you the story of why the recall is still moving forward -- without evidence.

Sponsor Erin Enlow Anderson said the recall is a vote of no confidence in Kelty and how he’s been running the city.

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Unalaska’s mayor will face a recall election in March. Frank Kelty has been accused of backroom dealings regarding the city dock – accusations he has repeatedly denied.

In an investigation, KUCB was unable to find any evidence of wrongdoing. But those in favor of the recall say they have other concerns about Kelty’s leadership.


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The registration deadline is fast approaching for those planning to vote in the mayoral recall election.

Unalaska residents have until Monday, Feb. 5 to register, if they haven't done so already or if they want to update their information.

Unalaskans can check their registration status here, and if necessary, they can register to vote at City Hall or the library.

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Unalaska’s recall election will proceed as scheduled, as Mayor Frank Kelty did not file an appeal by the Thursday deadline.

Kelty said his decision largely came down to cost.

“It would have probably cost close to $15,000 to $20,000 in lawyer fees,” he said.