04/17/14 - 9:19pm
Kenai City Manager Rick Koch applied for and was offered a job as Palmer’s new city manager.
However, after weeks of negotiations and three executive sessions with the Kenai City Council, he has signed an agreement to keep his position in Kenai.
News of his candidacy for the job in Palmer came as a surprise to some council members.
Koch interviewed for the Palmer job on April 3, two days before his scheduled vacation. Mayor Pat Porter said she met with Koch the next day and he told her he had turned down the offer.