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Reinders Declines Seward Offer To Pursue Unalaska's City Manager Position

Greta Mart

Erin Reinders wants to be Unalaska's next city manager.

The current assistant manager withdrew her application Monday for the top post in Seward.

"To serve as the city manager in Unalaska, the place my family has called home for almost eight years, is too great an opportunity to pass up," said Reinders in an email to KUCB. 

Mayor Frank Kelty said he feels good that Reinders wants to stay in Unalaska.

"This is her third time trying for the job," he said. "I think she's a very well-rounded individual that is highly thought of in the community. Personally, I think she can do the job."

In a special meeting Thursday, the city council unanimously decided to pursue negotiations with Reinders.

Reinders has worked for the city since 2011 and was a finalist in the council's last two searches for a city manager.

In 2015, she lost out to Dave Martinson, who resigned within two years over clashes with the mayor and council. In 2018, she lost out to current manager Thomas E. Thomas, who resigned April 1 without stating a reason for his departure.

Kelty is handling the contract negotiations with Reinders. 

"We are close on our end," he said. "Nothing is finalized on our end until the City Council takes action on April 23."

The council's next regular session is April 23. At that meeting, Kelty said councilors will discuss and vote on Reinders' contract.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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