Former Powder Springs Manager Finalist for Alaska Job
Rick Eckert is one of six being considered for the position with the Kodiak Island Borough.
Rick Eckert, who worked for the city of Powder Springs as city manager for nearly two years and briefly as a consultant, is one of six being considered for a government position in Alaska.
The last manager of Kodiak Island Borough—comprised of a large island south of the mainland, some smaller islands, and a strip of mainland coast—left in June, the Associated Press reports. Also being considered are two managers from Alaska, one from Michigan, one from Connecticut, and one from Colorado, the AP says.
According to the 2010 Census, Powder Springs' and Kodiak Island Borough's populations are similar: 13,940 and 13,592, respectively.
The AP article lists Eckert as the former manager of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, one of the jobs he held prior to coming to Powder Springs on a two-year contract in May 2010.
But during or before September 2011, before his contract was up, Eckert began sending out applications. He resigned in February but was able to keep his monthly salary of $9,600, plus benefits, as he served as a consultant for the city through the conclusion of his contract in May.
Since February, former Powder Springs Mayor Brad Hulsey has been serving as interim city manager as the city continues its search for someone to fill the position.