Ketchikan borough manager candidate withdraws

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The man hired to become the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager changed his mind and declined the job Tuesday.

Borough officials will ask James Patrick, 51, to reconsider.

In a letter faxed to Borough Mayor Jack Shay and the assembly, Patrick wrote that several assembly members apparently had reservations about him due to ''recent past events.''

Responding to questions at the assembly's regular meeting Monday, Shay said Patrick had disclosed to the borough's manager hiring committee that he had been indicted by an Ohio grand jury. All charges were subsequently dropped.

Patrick had been charged with four counts of complicity to theft in office and complicity to unlawful interest in a public contract. The charges were related to an early retirement buyout program that Patrick reportedly recommended when he served as city manager of Lebanon, Ohio.

Patrick said in his message to the assembly that his records had been expunged and closed.

Assembly Member Dick Coose recommended that Shay call Patrick and urge him to reconsider his withdrawal. Shay said he would.

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