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City Council Calls Special Meeting Friday On Thomas' Contract

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The Unalaska City Council has called a special meeting Friday evening to discuss the contract of City Manager Thomas E. Thomas.

That discussion will happen in executive session, according to the notice made public Thursday afternoon.

City Clerk Marjie Veeder declined to comment on why councilors are meeting about the contract.

Thomas did not respond to KUCB's request for more information.

The last time the council called special sessions on a city manager's contract was in 2017, regarding former manager Dave Martinson. He eventually resigned and accepted a severance package worth about $30,000 after clashing with the mayor and council over a "personnel matter."

Following the search for Martinson's replacement, councilors selected Thomas unanimously over three other finalists, including Assistant City Manager Erin Reinders.

Thomas has been on the job for just over a year, earning a salary of $170,000.

If the council terminated his employment without cause, Thomas' contract states he would receive 16 weeks' pay, or about $52,000. He and his family would also get $9,000 in moving expenses and four one-way tickets off the island.

If terminated with cause, his contract does not guarantee a severance package.

The City Council is scheduled to hold its special meeting Friday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Alaska's Open Meetings Act states that special meetings should be held rarely and only to address time-sensitive issues.

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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