Borough seeks new HR director: Time for a change, says Carey

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Kenai Peninsula Borough's human resources director was terminated last week after borough Mayor Dave Carey decided to go in a different direction.

Bonita Miller, of Nikiski, ended her employment with the borough on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

She was an "at will employee and I decided that there was a need for change," Carey said.

He declined to elaborate saying the termination was a "personnel issue."

Carey said his Chief of Staff Susan Wilcox and the borough's Finance Director, Craig Chapman, would act in Miller's place until a replacement is found.

"Within a week I anticipate I'll have a long term interim director," he said.

In a Sunday job posting for the borough's now open general services director position published in the Anchorage Daily News, the salary range was set at $76,575 to $103,379, depending on experience, "plus excellent benefits."

Before Miller's employment with the borough she served as the administrative manager for the Alaska Military Youth Academy as well as program specialist for the University of Alaska.

Carey said he valued Miller's time spent with the borough.

"I greatly appreciate the work she did on negotiating the new contracts and all of the work she was involved with," he said.

Last week's personnel change recalls another shake up in the Carey administration, with the management of human resources as an issue. Last year, Scott Walden, the borough's former Office of Emergency Management director, submitted his resignation along with a lengthy letter criticizing Carey's administration, specifically concerning the human resources department and its director, Miller.

Miller was hired as the borough's general services manger, effectively acting as human resources director, in January of 2009 after Carey asked then general services manager, Richard Campbell, to resign.

Brielle Schaeffer can be reached at brielle.schaeffer@peninsulaclarion.com.



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