Janette Bower

City Manager Janette Bower

Seward is now less than two months from welcoming its next city manager. At a special meeting of the City Council last Thursday, the Council voted unanimously to approve the terms of hire for Janette Bower, set to assume her new post on May 24. Currently serving as the city administrator for Wadena, Minnesota, Bower has previously held administrative positions in two other Alaska municipalities, Bethel and Palmer, for a combined total of 18 years’ experience in municipal leadership roles.

As city manager Bower will be paid an annual salary of $140,000, with 20 days of paid leave each year. Bower will also be advanced $5,000 for moving expenses and immediately accrue 15 additional days of paid leave.

Bower will begin her post on May 24 and serve for three years before the terms of her contract may be renegotiated. Harbormaster Norm Regis will continue to serve as acting city manager until her arrival.