The Seward City Council dismissed City Manager Scott Meszaros Monday night. After adjourning to an executive session to discuss Meszaros’s performance, the council voted 5-2 to dismiss Meszaros, effective immediately. The council voted unanimously to provide Meszaros with two weeks of severance pay.
“Clearly we are at a key juncture for Seward, and we need to have the right person that fits our community at the helm,” said Mayor Christy Terry. “We wish Scott and his family all the best at his next endeavor.”
Mesazaros took the position in May 2019 when the Council’s first choice for the position, Erin Reinders, declined Seward’s offer at the last minute after being offered the position of city manager of Unalaska, where she was serving as assistant city manager.
The City of Seward has been a revolving door of leadership in its administrative departments since City Manager Jim Hunt abruptly departed on Aug. 3, 2018, following a previous announcement that he would be leaving on Aug. 22 of that year. Assistant City Manager Ron Long had already left his position three weeks prior on Aug. 1. Hunt accepted and then declined the position of assistant city manager offered to him by the acting city manager at the time.
The City had several acting and interim city managers until Mesazaros took the position last year. Mesazaros had recently applied for the borough manger position with the Mat-Su Borough.
Other key leadership changes have occurred in finance, where a permanent appointment to the position abruptly left after a short period, the Parks and Recreation department, personnel, electric utility, and the assistant city manager’s position.
Harbormaster Norm Regis has been appointed as acting city manager until a permanent replacement can be found. The council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss recruitment of a new city manager.
Seward Journal Publisher Michael Paschall contributed to this article.