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Lee Burger
Mayor

City Council Seat F Council Term Exp: October 2024
Mayor Term Exp:  October 2023

Lee Burger was elected as the Mayor of Thorne Bay on November 2, 2021, for a term of Two-Years.

Call or Email mayor@thornebay-ak.gov

Jon Stram

Councilmember

City Council Seat E
Seat E Term Ends: October 2023

A little about Councilmember Stram:

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

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.

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 jonstram@thornebay-ak.gov

Charles Jennings

Vice Mayor

City Council Seat B
Elected October 5, 2021
Council Seat Term: October 2022.

A little about Councilmember Jennings:

Charles has been a resident of Alaska for 36 years and raised 2 children in Thorne Bay with his wife Laura.  Charles was a businessman for most of his career, operating the tire shop in Thorne Bay, Commercial Fisherman, and with the City of Thorne Bay installing the original water lines in Thorne Bay

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

Please contact Charles Jennings by email at cjennings@thornebay-ak.gov

Greg Kerkof

Councilmember

City Council Seat C
Council Seat Term: October 2023

A little about Councilmember 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 gkerkof@thornebay-ak.gov 

Jeffrey Oatman

Councilmember

City Council Seat D
Council Seat Term: October 2024.

Email:  joatman@thornebay-ak.gov

A little about Councilman Oatman:

Oatman was elected to City Council Seat D in 2021 for a three-year term. 

Jeffrey “Bubba” has been a resident of Alaska for 7 years, living with his wife Korrisa and their three daughters. It is his desire to be a proactive voice in the community that he chooses to raise his family and listen to the residents of Thorne Bay. 

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

You may contact Councilman Oatman by email joatman@thornebay-ak.gov 

Shane Nyquest

Councilmember

City Council Seat G
Council Seat Term: October 2024.

Email: shanenyquest@thornebay-ak.gov

A little about Councilman Nyquest:

Nyquest was elected to City Council Seat G in 2021 for a three-year term. 

Shane has lived in Thorne Bay for the past 14 years and feels that it is time for him to take on a more active role and give back to the community. 

As a councilmember, Shane will bring the knowledge he has gained from living here and his diverse life and work experience to the council.  He looks forward to the challenge of listening to competing ideas and making decisions with the other Councilmembers based on what is best for the Community, both now and in the future.

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

You may contact Councilman Nyquest by email shanenyquest@thornebay-ak.gov 

ROBERT HARTWELL

Councilmember

City Council Seat A
Council Seat Term: October 2022.

Email: roberthartwell@thornebay-ak.gov 

      A little about Councilman Hartwell:

Hartwell was elected to City Council Seat A in 2021 for a one-year term. 

As a council-member it is Bob’s desire to obtain a backup electrical system for the South Thorne Bay and support all efforts to improve and advance the growth of Thorne Bay.

Bob has been a resident of Alaska for over 14 years.  During his time in Thorne Bay, he has served on both the City Council and Planning Commission. 

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

You may contact Councilman Hartwell by email roberthartwell@thornebay-ak.gov