Fairbanks, Alaska

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public Records Y
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Last reviewed: October 2012

Fairbanks is the largest interior city in Alaska and the second largest in the state behind Anchorage. Fairbanks is the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. It is the principal city of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States. According to 2010 census, the population of the city was 31,535, and the Fairbanks metropolitan area's population was 97,581. Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest of Alaska's current colleges.[1]

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[2]
  • The calendar of meetings, agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[3]
  • Names of elected officials, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[4]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[5]
  • Permit applications are available for download[6] and zoning ordinances are available[7]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[8]
  • Bids are posted[9]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[10]
  • Tax revenues are available[11]

The bad

  • Individual email addresses and a physical address for Council Members are unavailable; only forms are published.
  • Awarded contracts are not published and a search for contracts does not generate relevant results.
  • Individual email addresses are unavailable for every administrative official.
  • Lobbying information including associated memberships and fees are unavailable.
  • Tax rates are not available.

Elected Officials

Name Title
Jerry Cleworth Mayor
Vivian Stiver Council member
Chad Roberts Council member
Bernard Gatewood Council member
John Eberhart Council member
Lloyd Hilling Council member
Jim Matherly Council member

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Patrick Cole Chief of Staff
Laren Zager Police Chief
James Soileau Chief Financial Officer
Michael Schmetzer Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Ryan Rickels Information Tech Director
Antonio Schumate Purchasing/Risk Management
Warren Cummings Fire Chief
Clem Clooten Building Official
Stephanie Johnson Dispatch Manager


The total appropriation for 2012 was $32,987,067. The largest expenditure was for the department of public works $6,774,611, followed by police departments $6,552,634, the fire department $6,098,719, and the general account $4,947,120.[11]

In 2010, the Government Finance Officers Association presented Fairbanks with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for excellent annual financial reports.[11]


The city of Fairbanks received $191,535,585.27 in federal stimulus funding in 17 contracts and 60 contracts.[12]

Local taxes

Tax Revenue

Year Amount
2010 Actual $19,463,077
2011 Approved $19,683,042
2012 Mayor $19,476,971
2012 Council $19,476,971