Bethel City Council Selects Interim City Manager

by Ben Matheson on June 3, 2014

FEMA's Ken Murphy (L) greets Galena City Manager Greg Moyer (R) in the aftermath of the flood.  Moyer is being offered a contract for Interim City  Manager in Bethel. Photo by Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

FEMA’s Ken Murphy (L) greets then-Galena City Manager Greg Moyer (R) in the aftermath of the 2013 flood. Moyer is being offered a contract for Interim City Manager in Bethel. Photo by Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday night to offer the interim city manager job to Greg Moyer of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Moyer has recent experience working as city manager in Galena during their flood last year. He’s also worked in Anchorage.

Another candidate apparently interviewed very well with the council last week, and was the top choice of many, but a little research revealed a history that hints at possible ethics violations and a rough departure from a recent job. The council elected to go instead with Moyer. Council Member Sharon Sigmon spoke to the leadership experiences of Moyer.

“Organization, review, revamp procedures, policies… it seemed like he had more of those core issues,” said Sigmon.

The only vote against selecting Moyer was from Councilmember Eric Whitney. The council did not agree to naming the other top candidate as a second choice.

The council polished a contract that offers 10 thousand dollars a month plus a 2,000 dollar housing allowance. The offer to Moyer runs for up to 90 days, depending on when the permanent city mangers is hired. Moyer is not precluded from applying for the permanent job.

Port Director Pete Williams has been the Acting City Manager since the council fired Lee Foley last month following the investigation.

The Council went into executive session to discuss a public records request from KYUK and six other news organizations for their investigation into contracts, nepotism, and personnel issues.

After coming out, Vice Mayor Rick Robb announced that the council has directed the city attorney to contact attorney John McKay, who is representing the media, to see if a resolution “can be reached quickly and in the best interest of the public.”

The item will come up in executive session next week. They also discussed the collective bargaining agreement in executive session.

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