Day: August 8, 2017

KHNS News – Aug. 8, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/08Newscast.mp3 State revokes Skagway police chief’s certification, but he’s still on the job; Skagway and Haines mayors file for re-election; Alaska Municipal League summer conference comes to Haines next week; Haines facilities director named finalist for Dillingham city manager...

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State revokes Skagway police chief’s certification, but he’s still on the job

Skagway’s longtime police chief is working without state certification. The council that oversees those accreditations revoked Ray Leggett’s certification because, it says, there is substantial doubt that he has ‘good moral character.’ Leggett calls the decision a ‘miscarriage of justice.’ https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/08LeggettwINTRO.mp3 This multi-year saga is outlined in documents from a 2016 hearing in front of an administrative law judge. It started in 2012, when Ray Leggett found out that his 21-year-old son was under investigation in Haines for credit card fraud. Leggett’s son has disabilities, including Asperger’s. He had recently moved back in with his parents, and Leggett says...

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Skagway and Haines mayors file for re-election

The mayors of Haines and Skagway are seeking re-election. Haines mayor Jan Hill and Skagway mayor Mark Schaefer have declared their intentions to run in the Oct. 3 election. About a week into the candidate filing period, they are two of a handful of residents who have put in paperwork. As of Tuesday afternoon, Haines residents Sean Maidy and Diana Lapham filed for assembly. Maidy was appointed to a vacant seat in June. Lapham served on the assembly until fall of 2016, when she lost a bid for re-election. There will be at least three Haines Assembly seats up...

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Alaska Municipal League summer conference comes to Haines next week

Haines will play host to the Alaska Municipal League Summer Legislative Conference next week. The municipal league is a nonprofit, statewide organization that advocates for local governments’ interests and provides training. AML holds a summer legislative conference each year to reflect on the most recent legislative session and plan for the upcoming year. Kathie Wasserman heads the organization. “The overall, broad goal is to give the membership sort of a general overview of what happened as far as the main municipal issues and then where we need to go next year,” Wasserman said. “And just talk about the lay...

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Haines facilities director named finalist for Dillingham city manager job

Haines’ public facilities director is a finalist for a city manager job in Dillingham. Brad Ryan served as Haines’ interim manager twice in recent years. He applied for the permanent position in March and was one of two finalists. The Haines Assembly ultimately chose another local candidate, Debra Schnabel. The decision was controversial. Ryan had the vocal support of many borough staff members and residents. One assembly member and a couple borough employees resigned, at least in part, because of the manager decision. Schnabel took over as manager in early June. Since then, Ryan has stepped back into his...

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