After 25 years as the Kodiak Island Borough Mayor, Jerome Selby beat the gavel on his last borough assembly meeting.
During last night’s meeting, Selby took the opportunity to point out a few differences between what the borough looked like when he first entered the office in 1983 and now.
“In 1983 I was elected mayor for the first time under a manager form of government. In 1985 the voters changed that to a mayoral form of government. I served in that role until 1998 when I took a sabbatical. But during those 15 years I and the assembly dealt with 526 ordinances and 865 resolutions that developed and implemented public policy for the Kodiak Island Borough, and we became what you see today in terms of the borough. When I was first on the assembly, we didn’t have a finance officer, no finance director, we had one planning director, we had two people in the clerk’s office and a manager in 1980 when I was on the assembly.”
Many members of the public commented on Selby’s departure, including
former resident Mark Buckley, who called in to the meeting from out of
“Yes I’m just calling from
Seattle and I want to say thank you very much to Jerome Selby for his
25 years of great service to Kodiak. I think Kodiak has been well served
by having Jerome on the borough assembly and as mayor for so long. I
know I was on the hospital board for many years there in Kodiak and I
was involved with KMXT and Jerome was a stellar presence, not just in
Kodiak but around the whole state. We were extraordinarily fortunate in
Kodiak to have Jerome as our mayor and I want to say thank you very much
Jerome for your great service to the community.”
During his final borough mayor comments, Selby thanked the community
for their support during the last two and a half decades. His
statements were met with a standing ovation from the more than two dozen
folks that filled the assembly chambers.
“But I do want to thank
all the people who helped me along the way. Both staff folks and
citizens. Sometimes they came up out of the blue with some really great
ideas and saved the day in affect and so I really do appreciate
involvement in community. But I would urge the community to stay
involved. Somebody earlier mentioned the low voting turn out and that is
a concern. We need to have folks stay engaged, and stay involved and
vote and be involved. And with may god bless the people of the Kodiak
Island Borough, I wish you all well. Applause.”
Last night was also Assemblywoman Louise Stutes last meeting. She was presented with a plaque for her service by Selby.
“For leadership and
outstanding service to the Kodiak Island Borough by Louise Stutes,
Assemblymember, October 2007 through October 2013. Thank you very much
for all your hard work, we really appreciate it. Thank you. Applause.”
Many community and assembly members also thanked Stutes for her six years of service.
Replacing Stutes will be Frank Peterson, who was sworn into office
alongside Carol Austerman last night. The borough’s new mayor, Jerrol
Friend, was also sworn into office.