Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly encourages residents to bring in ideas regarding issues of diversity in the city

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly is looking for public contribution from residents regarding issues of diversity in the community.

City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly is looking for public contribution from residents regarding issues of diversity in the community. (Ramzi Abou Ghalioum/KTVF)

“The word 'diversity' can cover a lot of different things,” the mayor says. He refers to ethnicity and gender, but also includes age and occupation as some other examples of diversity.

He explains that the diversity council was founded by another administration, and that the City Charter stipulates that the mayor must chair it. The diversity council brings together 11 members of various backgrounds, and its function is versatile. It can bring issues before the city council to be drafted as resolutions or ordinances and voted on. Alternatively, if the city council is examining a matter they believe pertains to an issue of diversity, they might consult the diversity council on that matter.

“Now that we’re at full strength, and we’re making quorum at every meeting and we have a good body of people, excellent folks, we want to know from the public what might be missing in this town,” Matherly explains. He mentions increasing accessibility to buildings, or diversifying the city’s workforce as examples of issues related to diversity.

The mayor encourages residents to email him with these issues at mayor@fairbanks.us or bring these issues into City Hall and drop them off.

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