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Come October, Unalaska’s finance department will have two new employees. Clay Darnell of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will be the new finance director and current City Clerk Cat Hazen will become the controller.

Darnell has served as the assistant controller for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly a decade. He also is an adjunct professor in accounting.

Hazan has been city clerk for the last three years. Prior to that, she spent a decade as a senior accountant in the city's finance department.

Both Darnell and Hazen begin their new positions October 16.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

GCI’s vice president came to Tuesday night’s city council meeting to drum up support for their potential plan to bring fiber to Unalaska.

“I’m not here to talk about satellite today," said GCI's Dan Boyette. "I’m here to talk about satellite replacement today.”

Boyette said the company wants to bring faster service to Unalaska and a subsea fiber-optic cable may be the solution.

GCI is currently in the process of doing a marine survey. Boyette says they have already put in $2 million, but the entire project would end up costing $40 million.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Come October, Unalaska will need a new city manager. Current City Manager Dave Martinson has tendered his resignation and accepted the terms of his amended contract Friday.

The deal, proposed by Unalaska’s City Council, will give Martinson nearly $30,000 in severance and moving expenses plus two weeks of free rent in his current city home.

His last day is September 29.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Less than a week after Unalaska’s city council voted to approve a deal that would end the city manager’s employment, the mayor has signed off.

Now, the decision to stay in or leave Unalaska is in the hands of Dave Martinson.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon Martinson said, "he and his wife are now discussing options and will make a decision soon."

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

Simmering tensions exploded at Wednesday's meeting of the Unalaska City Council. The special session ended with multiple calls for the mayor to resign, while the city manager announced he’s ready to leave a job that’s taken “years off [his] life.”

At City Hall, it’s standing room only as City Manager Dave Martinson makes his first appearance since the council started reviewing his contract behind closed doors three weeks ago.

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