Jim Matherly

City of Fairbanks

Meeting last night (Mon), the Fairbanks city council put off voting on the Mayor’s choice for police chief. Mayor Jim Matherly forwarded Fairbanks Police Lieutenant Ron Dupee’s name to the council for confirmation earlier this month. During public comments at last night’s meeting, there was a lot of support for Lt Dupee, but also criticism of a candidate review process employed by the mayor. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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Last night the Fairbanks City Council honored outgoing members Jerry Cleworth and David Pruhs, and swore in new members Lonny Marney and Jim Clark.

The City is also trying to hire a new Chief of Police, after the resignation of Nancy Reeder in August. Citizens came to the meeting to ask for a diverse hiring committee.

Fairbanks Police Department

Fairbanks Police Chief Nancy Reeder resigned from her position Monday, after a little more than a year on the job.

Mask Up to Keep Economy Open - Matherly

Jun 30, 2020
City of Fairbanks

City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly wants people to wear masks when out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Oct 7, 2019

October 7, 2019 morning newscast

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The Fairbanks City Council has finally declared its support for overriding Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget-cutting vetoes. The council and Mayor Jim Matherly had been under mounting public pressure to take a stand on the issue since Dunleavy announced his vetoes on June 28. They heard more pleas Monday from members of the public and two candidates running to replace Matherly.

The Fairbanks City Council soundly rejected an ordinance Monday that would’ve asked voters this fall to approve easing the city’s restrictions on property-tax hikes. All six council members and Mayor Jim Matherly supported the measure when it was introduced two weeks ago, as a means of raising revenues to offset a dropoff in state funding. But their consensus fell apart after two members withdrew their support.

The Fairbanks City Council unanimously defeated Mayor Jim Matherly’s proposal Monday to increase the city’s hotel/motel tax to raise additional revenue for city services. The mayor says the city needs additional revenue as demand for services grows and state funding shrinks.

The Fairbanks City Council voted Monday to allow consumption of marijuana at authorized cannabis shops in town.

Fairbanks Police Department

Anchorage police Lieutenant Nancy Reeder has accepted Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly’s offer   to serve as the city’s new police chief.