City Administrator John Leach received a ‘satisfactory’ performance review from the Sitka Assembly when the group met in a special meeting on Tuesday (10-20-20).  

The former Coast Guard commander has been at the helm since March. He took over for interim administrator Hugh Bevan at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In one of his first actions as city administrator, he declared a local emergency, which started the process of securing federal disaster relief funds. He’s since led a working group and the assembly through distributing the $14 million in CARES Act funds the city received, survived his first municipal budgeting season, and filled several vacant department head positions. 

Leach’s review was held behind closed doors, in executive session. When the assembly reconvened, Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz said all members had positive feedback for Leach, and the group spent some time setting course for the future.

“The assembly as a whole believes that we have a strong administrator and that we want to do what we can to make sure he is supported in his position,” said Eisenbeisz.