City Council


The City of Thorne Bay is a second-class city incorporated August 2, 1982. The City currently operates under a Mayor form of government. The City Council appoints a City Administrator and City Clerk to oversee the day-to-day affairs of the City. 

The City Council is comprised of seven members elected to govern the City. The Mayor is selected from the Council by the Council to serve a two-year term (2-yr.).  The Mayor presides over the City Council meetings, act as ceremonial head of the city, and sign documents on the city’s behalf upon council authorization or as otherwise authorized by municipal code.

  • Meeting Calendar
  • City Council Responsibilities
  • Public Interest
  • Roles of the Council

Council members are responsible for management of the city’s affairs and are held answerable to the community they serve.

Title 29 of Alaska Statutes authorizes municipal governing bodies to perform many duties. Some of the more typical duties include the following:

• Adopt a budget and file required reports with the state

• Adopt a code of ordinances and make the code available to the public

• Establish rules of procedure for the council

• Maintain a public record of meetings

• Establish election procedures

• Acquire, manage, control, use, and dispose of real and personal property

•Provide for the levying of taxes

•Establish, alter, or abolish municipal departments

•Provide for fines and penalties

•Prepare a capital improvements program (CIP)

•Exercise eminent domain (that is, condemn private property for a public use)

•Hire, or confirm the hire of, the police chief, clerk, treasurer, and attorney (depending on the language in the local code)

•Establish a personnel system

•Issue bonds

•Grant, renew, or extend a franchise

•Evaluate the city administration and/or manager (In some cases, the mayor may have this responsibility.)


The city council is entrusted with upholding the public interest. The public interest seeks the maximum benefit to the community at large, rather than to selected groups or individuals. It is different from a “special interest”, which exists when one person or group of persons seeks to benefit from a council action without regard for the larger interests of the community. To achieve the greatest good for the community with each decision, council members must weigh how that decision affects the public interest and the entire community, rather than only on how it affects a particular individual or group.

Alaska Statutes Title 29 identifies the duties and responsibilities of the City Council. 

Almost everyone in a small community has an opinion about the council and what it does. Residents often view the council favorably or unfavorably depending on whether or not their own personal needs are addressed or met. So, just what is the council’s role in the community?

The council acts on behalf of all residents to promote the good of the entire community. It is similar to the board of directors of a corporation, except the council’s goal is not to maximize profits to shareholders but to maximize the delivery of services to as many people as possible at the lowest possible cost. To achieve this goal, the council must:

•Manage public funds by planning and budgeting how much money the city will receive and spend.
•Oversee hiring, firing, and evaluating of staff. (The mayor or manager may reserve this authority, but the council must evaluate the mayor and/or manager.)
•Hear citizen complaints and concerns.
•Evaluate projects, proposals, and ideas brought forward by residents, staff, and others.
•Lobby for grants and funds from outside sources and for public support of its proposals.
•Determine the services needed by residents and seek to provide those services.
•Plan for the future and well-being of the community by creating and implementing land use plans, economic development plans, and capital improvement plans.
•Establish policies that provide guidelines for the management and administration of public affairs.

Thorne Bay City Council 

Cindy Edenfield

City Council Seat D
Term: October 2021

As a council member it is Cindy’s desire to hear the people of Thorne Bay and to bring awareness to the needs of the Emergency Services for all residents and visitors of Thorne Bay.

A little about Council member Edenfield:

Cindy has spent her life providing for her family and her community. 

As a resident of Thorne Bay for the last 26 years, Cindy has also volunteered all of her time leading the local Emergency Services Program and saving countless lives with her skills, knowledge and willingness to help others before herself.  

Cindy has served on the Thorne Bay City Council since 2012.  And it is her pleasure to continue serving you.

The public is encouraged to reach out to their council-members whenever they wish.

Please contact Cindy Edenfield by phone at: (907) 401-3516; or email

Jon Stram

Vice Mayor

City Council Seat E
Seat E Term Ends: October 2023

As a council member it is Jon’s desire to hear the people of Thorne Bay and help to carry our their good will for the community.

A little about Council member Stram:

Jon Stram is a longtime resident of Thorne Bay, with his most recent residency being the past 4.5 years. ​

Councilman Stram was first appointed to Seat E on the Thorne Bay City Council in February of 2020, then elected to serve a three year term in October of 2020.

The public is encouraged to reach out to their council-members whenever they wish.

Please contact John Stram by email at

Eric Rhodes


City Council Seat B
Council Seat Term: October 2022.

As a council-member it is Eric’s desire to give a voice to the people of Thorne Bay and to make sounds decisions for the community.

A little about Vice Mayor Rhodes:

Eric’s profession is in Film production & Commercial Fishing, capturing the best of Southeast Alaska. He has owned his own business and worked in both the film and insurance industry.

When Eric found Thorne Bay 9 years ago he fell in love.  Eric immediately purchased property in South Thorne Bay and has been a resident 3.5 years.

Councilman Rhodes encourages residents to reach out to him and let him be your voice.  You can reach Councilman Rhodes by phone at (907) 401-4239; or email

Greg Kerkof


City Council Seat C
Council Seat Term: October 2023

As a council member it is Kerkof’s desire to 

A little about Council member Kerkof:

Greg Kerkof has been a resident of Thorne Bay for the past 7 years. 

It is the desire of Councilmember Kerkof to represent the community and to promote and help institute the following initiatives:

United City, United EMS, United Fire Department, Harbor Development at both harbors to add more slips and facilities, Community Center Construction, Try to find a work around with State on roads, Watch Bayview Timber Sale and land sales so that the City is not negatively impacted, Encourage new business development, Support EMS development, Encourage and support a unified City Council.”

The public is encouraged to reach out to their council-members whenever they wish.

You can reach Councilman Kerkof by email 



Lee Burger


City Council Seat F
Council Seat Term: October 2021.

Wes Craske


City Council Seat G
Council Seat Term: October 2021.

As a council-member it is Wes’s desire to serve the people of Thorne Bay 

A little about Councilmen Craske:

Craske was elected to City Council Seat G in 2020 for a one-year term. 

Wes Craske has been a resident of Thorne Bay for the past 37 years.

It is the intent of Councilman Craske to do the following during his term in office.

  • Developing area-wide for and EMS services,
  • Communication services in the Industrial Area and the south side subdivision,
  • Road work in the subdivision as well as on Steep Road.

Councilman Craske further intends to focus of “mending fences” across the whole community. Working together we can build a community which meets the needs of all the citizens of Thorne Bay.

The public is encouraged to reach out to their elected officials whenever they wish.  

You may contact Councilman Craske by email 


Term Exp: October 2021

City Council Seat A
Council Seat Term: October 2022.

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