Assembly renders split verdict on incumbents in board appointments

Confronted with eight vacancies on the city’s enterprise fund boards, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly appointed seven people in a special meeting Wednesday night.


Tom Donek of the Docks and Harbors board of directors and Jerry Godkin, who chairs the Juneau International Airport’s board of directors, were reappointed by the Assembly.

Wayne Wilson was passed over for reappointment to the former board, while the Assembly, faced with a choice between incumbent Tam Cook and retired Federal Aviation Administration employee Jim Vuille, delayed filling the other vacancy on the airport board.

With no appointment to fill Cook’s seat, the airport board will be short a member after June 30, when her term expires. That is not an unusual move for the Assembly to make, Deputy Mayor David G. Stone said after the meeting.

“We’ve done that before … when we needed a bigger applicant pool,” said Stone. “The existing applicants would still be in the pool.”

Cook told the Assembly members that she had wavered on whether to seek reappointment, but she considered her experience to be valuable to the airport board.

“I think that I would be useful for another term now, at this point,” said Cook.

In an interview with all nine Assembly members, convened for a Human Resources Committee meeting ahead of the special session, Donek said he had to think hard about why he wanted another three-year term on the Docks and Harbors board.

“I’ve gotten to the point where I feel like the job’s half-done,” Donek told the committee. “And I don’t want to leave with the job half-done.”

Wilson, who works on the Alaska Marine Highway System, said he has tried to attend those board meetings regularly, but he is sometimes in Cordova for his job and cannot call in. Mayor Bruce Botelho said Wilson’s attendance record was a “major issue” for him.

“Your attendance has been — and I appreciate your explanation — it has just not been up to snuff,” Botelho told Wilson, a sentiment Stone echoed.

The Eaglecrest Ski Area’s board of directors will have three entirely new faces next month. Gymnastics instructor Alexis Howard, emergency medicine doctor Carlton Heine and retired state auditor Bruce Garrison were named to the board.

Howard said in her interview that she thinks Eaglecrest could be more “family-oriented.”

“There’s tons of families that I know want to be up there, but they want to see some change,” Howard said. “The fifth-graders, I believe, they all get (free lift) passes. I think that’s great. But I think there’s a lot of kids that are missing out before that.”

Heine suggested more could be done at Eaglecrest to accommodate, among other activities, Nordic skiing — a pastime of his, he said.

“I think trying to maximize the number of people who use Eaglecrest is important,” Heine said.

In addition to reappointing Donek to the Docks and Harbors board, the Assembly also named dentist David Logan and insurance agent Scott Spickler, a veteran of Bartlett Regional Hospital’s board of directors, to fill the remaining two vacancies.

The terms for all board appointees will start on July 1. All but Garrison, who was appointed to a term expiring in 2014, were given three-year terms.

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