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Fairbanks assembly considers fate of presiding officer

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) Some Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members are calling for the resignation of Rick Solie as the governing body's top official after Solie's arrest early Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence.

Five assembly members called a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday to ask Solie to step down as presiding officer, a position he's held since November.

Assemblyman Tim Beck said he organized the effort because he does not want Solie's legal situation to interfere with the assembly's task of governing.

Beck also said it's important for the leader of the assembly to set a good example for the community.

University of Alaska Fairbanks police arrested Solie, 43, on charges of DUI, refusal to submit to a breath test and driving on the wrong side of the road. Solie was spotted traveling through campus and recorded a .214 breath-alcohol level on a preliminary breath test instrument, according to charging documents.

He pleaded innocent. He did not immediately return a phone call left at his home Wednesday night by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Solie is finishing his second three-year term on the borough. His term ends after municipal elections in October and by ordinance he cannot run for a third consecutive term.

Borough Clerk Mona Lisa Drexler said it takes at least four assembly members or the presiding officer to call a special meeting. Besides Beck, the other assembly members who called the meeting were Eileen Cummings, Hank Bartos, Earl Romans and Torie Foote.



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