KOTZEBUE (AP) -- Retiring state Sen. Al Adams has been appointed to serve as Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor until the October election. His appointment came last Friday after the former mayor, Chuck Greene, said he was quitting.
Greene served as mayor for 13 years. He submitted his letter of resignation July 11, saying it would go into effect Aug. 8. The borough assembly decided to accept it effective immediately.
Greene's resignation letter says that he ''has been offered a unique opportunity to take a position with our regional corporation. The corporation is not able to wait until the normal completion of my term.''
Greene suggested the assembly appoint Frank Stein as temporary mayor. But, after hearing from Stein, who is director of planning and wants to run for the office of mayor in October, and Adams, the assembly selected Adams by a unanimous vote.
Adams, a Democrat, said he had no plans to run for the permanent mayoral position, but wanted to offer his help during this transition.
''One thing I want to do is have a real working borough here,'' said Adams, who said he would follow the direction of the president and borough assembly in executing his new duties.
On his list of possible changes for the borough is a term limit of two three-year terms for the mayor.
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