Mat-Su Borough emergency services director resigns
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough's emergency service director has resigned, citing "unchecked sabotage" by borough employees and assembly members.
Paul "Otto" Feather submitted his resignation letter to Mat-Su Borough Manager John Moosey on Jan. 2, 2019. Feather was initially hired as an interim director in January 2017.
In his letter, Feather told Moosey, "there is still much work needed to overcome organizational dysfunctions that have existed for years."
The borough's emergency service department received criticism after the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake when people felt they weren't getting updated information.
Feather addressed those concerns at a meeting on Dec. 3, 2018 and apologized for not being more up front.
"What I failed to recognize is I had the information that things were good and we did not communicate appropriately to the rest of the community," Feather said. "We failed in terms of our ability to make sure we were getting out timely, actionable information so folks could feel comfortable with what was going on."
Feather recommended Deputy Director Ken Barkley assume the position in his letter.
"An external candidate, unaware of existing dynamics, would struggle with the nuances, personalities and unwritten protocols necessary to navigate the Borough," he wrote.
Moosey accepted Feather's resignation, saying "there is no one that I would have wanted to direct our disaster response during the November 30th Cook Inlet Earthquake. The precision work by the team was second to none."
Moosey appointed Barkley to the role of interim director of emergency services beginning Jan. 19, 2019.
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