Vacant Assembly Seat So Far Attracts Two Hats Tossed in Ring

Jay Barrett/KMXT

Two people have so far expressed interest in filling the vacancy left on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly by the resignation of Mel Stephens. Monique Lewis of Chiniak and Scott Smiley of Kodiak have filed the necessary paperwork, according to the borough clerk’s office.

Lewis lists her occupation as an emergency response consultant and property manager, and says she has a special interest in public safety and disaster preparedness. In her application statement Lewis says she appreciates a good debate and believes common sense needs to be applied to all decisions.

Smiley is a retired University of Alaska professor at the former Fishery Industrial Technology Center for 17 years and its director for 11. He lists seafood harvesting and processing as well as efficient government as special interests of his, and he believes his background in fisheries research would be an asset to the assembly in securing healthy fishery and processing sectors in Kodiak.

Borough Clerk Nova Javier says her office will continue to accept applications until May 20th. The chosen applicant will serve on the assembly until the October municipal election is certified.

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