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After months of indecision, the Unalaska City Council has finally reached a consensus over restructuring the Department of Public Safety: They’ve agreed to shelve the matter until a new city manager is hired.

The unanimous decision came Tuesday at the urging of Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson.

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The search for Unalaska’s next city manager is on schedule.

Officials say they’ve received almost 40 applications for the job, including eight that meet qualification requirements.

The City Council is meeting Saturday in executive session to review applicants with GovHR, the consulting firm contracted to lead recruitment efforts.

They’ll choose the top candidates to fly out for in-person interviews next month.

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The City Council has agreed to grant $500,000 to Unalaska’s clinic.

On Tuesday, councilors unanimously approved the subsidy, which will come from the city’s general fund surplus.

The decision comes a month after Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) made an emergency funding request of $700,000.

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Despite expressing doubt about the integrity of an ongoing inquiry, the Unalaska City Council has chosen not to launch a counter-investigation.

At least, not yet.

City councilors spent more than an hour in executive session Tuesday, debating whether to hire an independent investigator and receiving legal advice from City Attorney Brooks Chandler.

When they reconvened before the public, Councilor Roger Rowland unsuccessfully proposed making a hire.

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The Unalaska Department of Public Safety has received high marks in its first external review.

In February, the department hired Russell Consulting to perform the $40,000 assessment.