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Thomas Resigns As Unalaska's City Manager, Effective May 31

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

City Manager Thomas E. Thomas has submitted his letter of resignation to the Unalaska City Council, which is expected to accept it at a meeting next week.

The meeting's packet — made public Friday afternoon — includes Thomas' letter, submitted three days after councilors called a special session to discuss his contract and took no action.

"It has been my privilege to serve as the City Manager of Unalaska for the past year," he wrote April 1 to Mayor Frank Kelty and the council. "I offer this letter of resignation believing the organization continues to provide quality services to this community.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity and privileges I have enjoyed leading a dedicated team of city employees," he continued. "I want to personally thank the elected officials who have fostered an environment of excellence. I wish the Mayor and Council, the staff and the community at-large, nothing but the best."

Credit City of Unalaska
City Manager Thomas E. Thomas submitted his letter of resignation on April 1 — three days after councilors called a special session to discuss his contract and took no action.

Thomas did not include a reason for his resignation in the letter, but he did offer to continue working through May 31 — a proposal the council is ready to accept, according to a resolution in the meeting's packet.

"The Unalaska City Council desires to accept Mr. Thomas' resignation and formally approve Amendment No. 1 to the Employment Agreement," wrote Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson in proposed Resolution 2019-19.

If approved, the amendment would provide Thomas with $20,000 in severance pay, as well as city housing and use of a city vehicle through June 15 — a more affordable package for the city than if the council were to terminate Thomas' contract without cause.

If terminated with cause, his contract does not guarantee any severance pay.

Councilors have made no public comments on Thomas' overall work performance since he started as city manager in March of 2018 with a salary of $170,000. They selected him for the job unanimously over three other finalists, including Assistant City Manager Erin Reinders.

The City Council will meet Tuesday, April 9 for its next regular meeting. Councilors are scheduled to discuss Thomas' resignation in executive session before voting on his amended contract in public session.

Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is a developing story.

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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