Fairbanks City Council welcomes new mayor, two new members

Changes to the Fairbanks City Council as two members step down and two new members are sworn in.
Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 9:13 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Two seats on the Fairbanks City Council changed hands at the Monday, October 24 meeting.

Citizens from Fairbanks offered testimony thanking the outgoing members Aaron Gibson and Valerie Therrien for their service to the community.

Therrien and Gibson then thanked their colleagues and city staff before leaving their desks.

Following a brief recess, new members Sue Sprinkle and Crystal Tidwell took the oath of office.

Given a chance to make a comment, Sprinkle said, “I’m standing on the shoulders of giants, really, people who put me in this situation, in this seat. I will not take that lightly.”

Meanwhile, Tidwell expressed her gratitude, saying, “I’m so thankful for all of the voters, and all of the volunteers that it takes to get each and every one of us here.”

Fairbanks also saw a change of City Mayor, as David Pruhs settled into the seat held by Jim Matherly for six years.