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City Manager Erin Reinders has picked her No. 2.

JR Pearson will start Friday as Unalaska's assistant city manager, after serving as the Department of Public Utilities' deputy director for more than three years.

Before that, he was a utilities compliance coordinator for about 11 years.  

Announcing the hire Tuesday, Reinders said Pearson has "a demonstrated commitment to local government, public service, and the City of Unalaska."

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Following her oath of office last week, Erin Reinders is now on the job as Unalaska's city manager.

She was tapped for the post in April after eight years of working for the city — first in the Planning Department and then as assistant city manager.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Reinders to hear why she wanted the top job and how she's approaching it.


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Erin Reinders is officially Unalaska's city manager.

She took her oath of office at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

"I'm happy to be here," she said. "And I'm hitting the ground running."

Reinders has worked for the city since 2011 and started serving as assistant city manager in 2015.

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Erin Reinders will be Unalaska's next city manager.

She signed a three-year contract last week that'll promote her from the assistant manager post to the top job, starting June 1.

Mayor Frank Kelty negotiated the deal, which was approved by the City Council unanimously.

"Is there any objection to adopting Resolution 2019-23?" he asked at the April 23 council meeting. "Hearing none, the resolution is adopted, 5-0. Congratulations, Erin."

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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.