The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly said goodbye last night to long-time member Pat Branson, who chose not to seek re-election this year. She had spent a dozen years on the borough’s governing body, and decided to instead run for an open one-year term on the Kodiak City Council, which she won in the municipal election earlier this month. She’ll be sworn into that office next week.
Branson described her 12 years as "the best of times, the worst of times," but didn’t dwell on either. She ended the meeting by offering advice to the incoming council: that they should always do their homework, and take seriously the duties of the assembly, including keeping Kodiak the kind of place that attracts people to live here.
All of her colleagues wished her well, and Borough Mayor Jerome Selby presented her with a plaque recognizing her 12 years of service.
Branson is being replaced by Carol Austerman, a political newcomer, but the daughter of Representative Alan Austerman. Assemblywoman Louis Stutes and Mayor Jerome Selby, who both won re-election, were sworn in. Austerman, who was absent, will be sworn in at a later date in the borough clerk’s office.