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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Kinney stepping down as city clerk


August 17, 2017 | View PDF

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Seward City Clerk Johanna Kinney announced she will be leaving her position in October.

The City of Seward will be losing one of its top officials in the next few weeks. Longtime Seward City Clerk Johanna Kinney has announced she will be resigning, effective October 9, to take the Executive Assistant and Senior Project Manager role with the Alaska SeaLife Center.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Kinney said. "It'll be a new environment and a chance to learn new things."

A city employee for 13 years, Kinney submitted her resignation on August 7. Her resignation was accepted on Monday, August 14, by the members of the Seward City Council during their regular meeting. Kinney had served as the city clerk since January 1, 2011.

"I want to say thank you for 13 years of service," Seward Mayor Jean Bardarson said.

The city council indicated it would begin immediately seeking applications for the clerk position, and hoped to begin reviewing candidates in September.

Deputy City Clerk Brenda Ballou encouraged the council to preserve transparency in the hiring process by opening the position. A Master Clerk, Ballou has served as the deputy clerk for several years and is expected to be among the candidates for the role.


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