Sitka Municipal Attorney Theresa Hillhouse is stepping down.
Hillhouse made the announcement at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Sitka Assembly. She says she’ll be starting a new job with the municipal attorney’s office in Anchorage in March.
“My dad’s not doing too well after my mom and my brother died this last year,” she told the Assembly. “My daughter’s with him now. Based on that, I need to relocate up there. It’s been a real pleasure working with Assembly members, both present and past, and with staff and the public, the last seven-and-a-half years.”
She said she hopes her job will be posted soon, and that she plans to help her successor transition into the job. No timeline was announced.
The attorney is the only person besides the municipal administrator to be hired directly by the Assembly. According to the most recent city budget, Hillhouse earns an annual salary of about $103,000.