Story last updated at 3:13 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2002

City manager resigns post, accepts job in Missouri
Chris Bernard
Happenings in Seldovia

Seldovia City Manager Ken Weaver resigned from his position last week after two years.

In a letter to the city council and Mayor Sue Hecks, Weaver said he had accepted a job as city manager of Fayette, Mo., beginning at the end of October. Though his last day in Seldovia is officially Nov. 17, Weaver will take vacation time beginning Oct. 17.

Weaver said his decision to leave was not driven by anything that "happened or did not happen" in Seldovia.

"I'm moving to be nearer a metropolitan area, and so my wife, Annie, and I can live in the same house," said Weaver. "I was single when I moved here, and now my situation has changed. I'm supporting two households, and it's time to do something different."

The Seldovia City Council met Wednesday to vote on Weaver's resignation. For his part, Weaver said he has enjoyed his time in Seldovia.

"Oh, it's been kind of interesting," he said. "By and large, it's been a very congenial group compared to some of the other places I've worked. It's a nice community.

"It would be nice if we could stem the downward turn of the population and get some more economic development happening here," he said.

Among his biggest challenges during his tenure was the property conveyance of the cannery dock after the bankruptcy of Deepak Stokes.

"I don't know how much of it you could say I did, but that was a big project," Weaver said. "We just received notice that the bankruptcy judge has accepted our offer to buy the dock."

Weaver, 59, was born in Colorado and grew up in Oregon. He has lived in Alaska twice before; first in a U.S. Army infantry unit based at Fort Lewis, and later as city manager of Bethel.

He's also served as city manager of McCook, Neb.; Clairton, Penn.; Eagle Point, Ore.; and Etowah, Tenn. Weaver currently serves as president of the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce.

"They'll have to find a new president, I guess," he said. "I'll serve until I physically leave."

In other Seldovia News, Windham Hill recording artist Scott Cossu, known for his piano compositions and performances, will play Sunday at the Seldovia Bible Chapel beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cossu will be accompanied by flutist Ann Lindquist.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for children and $35 for families, and are available at the door.

Homer News reporter Chris Bernard can be reached at cbernard@homernews.com

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