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Assembly divided over SEAPA board member

The Assembly on Tuesday discussed the possible removal of Wrangell’s voting member on the Southeast Alaska Power Agency board of commissioners.

Brian Ashton is the SEAPA board member in question.

The Assembly has the power to appoint a member to the SEAPA board. But, because SEAPA is a non-profit organization, the Assembly cannot legally remove its board member once appointed.

The board member must either resign or be removed by SEAPA.

Assembly item 13 G was a discussion about whether or not to send a letter to SEAPA requesting that Ashton be removed from the board.

It was a major point of contention among both assembly members and members of the public.

Members of the assembly were concerned that Ashton had not given monthly reports on SEAPA. Rhonda Christian spoke from the audience saying the assembly appoints people to committees and fails to give them strict direction and clear expectations.

The Assembly did not take any action on this item.


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