The Seward welcome sign is photographed in July 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

The Seward welcome sign is photographed in July 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Seward vice mayor and council member resigns

The council accept the resignation of Tony Baclaan during its Monday night meeting.

The Seward City Council accepted the resignation of Tony Baclaan, who served on the city council and as the city’s vice mayor, during its Monday night meeting. The city is now recruiting applicants for the vacancy left by Baclaan, whose term was set to expire in 2022.

The council also nominated, elected and swore in the city’s new vice mayor — council member Sue McClure — during Monday’s meeting. Council member Liz DeMoss nominated council member Ristine Casagranda for the vice mayor position, while council member John Osenga nominated McClure. McClure secured the position by a vote of four to two.

Casagranda thanked DeMoss for the nomination and said she hopes city operations can continue to be “out on the table” as she said they were under Baclaan’s term as vice mayor.

“I just want to say that I hope that moving forward, that we all feel like information is disseminated equally and that we’re all privy to the same information from meetings and whatnot,” Casagranda said.

Baclaan announced his resignation from the city council during the council’s Oct. 11 meeting, during which he said he accepted a new job, which he said would interfere with his work as council member and vice mayor.

“This is not goodbye,” Baclaan said. “I will still try and be present in meetings as much as I can, to provide testimony and advice, to participate in work sessions and to use the knowledge that the people invested in me with their votes.”

Baclaan formally submitted his letter of resignation on the same night, according to the city council’s Oct. 25 meeting packet.

The city council will consider applications submitted by people interested in filling Baclaan’s seat during its Nov. 8 meeting. Completed application forms and financial disclosure and conflict of interest statements must be filed with the clerk on Nov. 8 by 5 p.m.

“Applicants may also submit a written cover letter regarding their qualifications and interest in serving on council, and are invited to attend the meeting in person and speak during the opening Citizen Comment period,” a city release says.

Monday’s meeting of the Seward City Council can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

A parking sign awaits the new executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund at its Juneau headquarters, Three finalists will be interviewed for the job during a public meeting Monday by the fund’s board of trustees, who are expected to deliberate and announce the new director immediately afterward. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Interviews, selection of new Permanent Fund CEO set for Monday

Three finalists seeking to manage $73.7B fund to appear before trustees at public meeting in Juneau

Principal Sarge Truesdell looks at cracked siding outside of Soldotna High School on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. The siding is one of several projects in a bond package Kenai Peninsula voters will consider during the Oct. 4 municipal election. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Critical needs’: Split siding at SoHi

The damage has been given patchwork treatment over the years

Members of Kenai Central High School Esports gather around coach Shane Lopez before their League of Legends match Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Video gaming enters the arena

Kenai Central debuts esports team

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Soldotna man found dead in lake, troopers report

State Troopers were notified of a deceased person floating in Browns Lake

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID hospitalizations, cases down from last week

The state reported no new resident deaths from COVID-19 this week

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. building in Juneau is scheduled to be the site where the board of trustees will select a new executive director on Monday, following the investigation into the firing of former CEO Angela Rodell last December being presented to state lawmakers on Wednesday.
Investigators: Permanent Fund CEO’s firing legal but departed from policy

Trustees acted legally, despite not following official policy, and governor didn’t influence decision

A fishing boat passes the Silversea cruise ship Silver Wind as the boat enters the Homer Harbor on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Finding refuge

Silver Wind is one of two cruise ships to visit since pandemic.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidates Dil Uhlin, left, and Jesse Bjorkman participate in a candidate forum at the Soldotna Public Library on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. Both candidates are running for the assembly’s Nikiski seat. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski assembly candidates talk borough issues at final municipal election forum

There are three candidates running for the assembly’s District 3 - Nikiski seat

Kenai Middle School Principal Vaughn Dosko gestures toward a cart used to provide school lunch services on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Critical needs’: Security concerns and lunch lines

Safety upgrades, more space sought at Kenai Middle

Most Read