Manager Candidate Meet and Greet, March 28 - Meszaros

In this March 2019 file photo, new Seward City Manager Scott Meszaros appeared at a public question and answer session at the Harbor 360 hotel.

Scott Meszaros will be Seward’s next city manager, stepping into his role – and filling a long-empty seat – on Wednesday, May 1. Seward has been without a permanent city manager since early August of last year.

The City Council on Wednesday approved a contract with Meszaros, who told the Journal he would begin the long drive from Colorado to Alaska this week. Meszaros will be paid $140,000 plus benefits, according to the three-year agreement.

When Meszaros begins next week, nearly ten months will have passed since former city manager Jim Hunt abruptly left his post. Since that time, the city has relied on interim and acting city managers, beginning with Fire Chief Eddie Athey, who served in that position while the council sought an interim manager.

The successful candidate in that search, Jeff Bridges, worked for the city for six months, in which time he assisted the council in the search for a permanent replacement. Bridges departed before the search had been completed, and the council appointed Harbormaster Norm Regis to fill the gap.