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Three of the City of Seward’s executive staff resigned or retired over the past two weeks, two of them after three decades working for the city. 

Parks and Recreation Director Karin Sturdy and Finance Director Kris Erchinger each retired. Both joined the city in 1989, according to Personnel Officer Riley Shurtleff, and retired Aug. 30.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be involved in projects that celebrate our youth, such as the skate park, playground improvements, the creation of The Rec, [and] relocation of the TYC to its existing site,” Sturdy told the Journal. 

“I am so proud of the beautification efforts we have made on the waterfront and gardens around town, as well as the installation of utilities in our campgrounds and automation of payments, all of which bring in revenues to keep the City’s tax rates lower.”

City Manager Scott Meszaros said that the city had already made an offer to a candidate for parks and recreation director.

Also gone is Assistant City Manager Brennan Hickok, who had been in that position a little over a year. He took the job in early Aug. 2018, appointed by former city manager Jim Hunt. Hickok left to take a job at the Alaska Municipal League-Joint Insurance Association, he told the Journal.

Hickok had his final day with the City on Sept. 6.