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City narrows lobbyist search to five finalists

Posted: September 11, 2013 - 10:35pm  |  Updated: September 11, 2013 - 11:10pm

The City and Borough of Juneau will interview five finalists for the state lobbyist position on Sept. 21.

Juneau solicited applications last month, and applicants provided letters outlining the role they sought to fill as the city’s state lobbyist, along with the necessary salary for them to accept such a role.

The highest salary request from one of the finalists was $85,000 a year, and the lowest was $52,000. The information was presented to the Assembly Finance Committee Wednesday night before the interview process happened.

There is $59,000 in allocated funds available from the retired lobbyist’s contract, and it was proposed to take another $21,000 from the Better Capital City fund. If a salary over $80,000 is approved, the panel will re-evaluate where find the money.

The finalists are the Anderson Group, Bob Evans, Hickey and Associates/David Rogers Esq., Kevin Jardell and Sam Kito.

Among other duties, the selected candidate will be tasked with lobbying on behalf of the City and Borough of Juneau when the Legislature comes to town next year.

Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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