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New Fairbanks City Councilmembers settle into their positions

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:17 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After being sworn in at the end of October, Fairbanks city councilmembers Lonny Marney and Jim Clark jumped right into their roles deciding policy for the city of Fairbanks.

Marney, who replaced Jerry Cleworth on seat E, said that he has had the opportunity to learn, and to tour the Fairbanks Police Department and Fire Department.

“It is a great administration that Mayor Matherly has put together,” Marney said, adding, “I’m just impressed with everybody I’ve met that works for the city.”

Clark now serves in seat F, formerly held by David Pruhs. He said it’s been informative to see how the city spends its money. “You want to keep your city employees happy. At the same time you want to be responsible with the money that the private citizens and the citizens of Fairbanks have given you,” he said.

According to Clark, his predecessor advised him about working with his fellow councilmembers. “He gave some great counsel on ‘You might disagree, but the next day you might not.’ So, you always gotta keep that in mind. There’s some really neat people on the council and I’m excited to work with them all.”

Marney said he has more love for Fairbanks than he did before. He said, “Everybody likes to complain about government, and actually it’s amazing how much they do for the actual taxpayer.”

Clark and Marney’s current terms are scheduled from 2020 to 2023.

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