The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a proposal from Assembly Member Glen Thompson to prohibit the display of photographs or other public recognition of convicted felon Jack Shay, a former borough mayor and former Assembly member.
Shay, 80, pleaded guilty on April 30th to seven counts of possession of child pornography, part of a plea deal with the state, in which prosecutors agreed to drop 84 additional counts of possession of child pornography. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Shay will be sentenced to 35 years in prison with 18 years suspended and 17 years to serve.
The proposed Assembly motion states, “I move that no framed photo or any likeness of Jack Shay be displayed in any way on any Borough property and no public recognition of Jack Shay’s prior service to the Borough be recognized in physical public displays in Borough buildings or on any Borough property.”
In the agenda statement summary, Thompson states that the motion would not pertain to historical listings of elected officials, borough documents, contracts or other material that are available through links on the Borough’s website, or maintained in Borough files.
At his workplace Friday, Thompson says he is not attempting to rewrite history.
“There’s nothing in this proposal that says that we’re going to deny that Mister Shay had a role in the Borough Government or anything like that, or try to go and expunge his name from all Borough records. That’s not the intent. The intent is simply not to, on a going forward basis, honor a man who has shamed the community.”
Shay, who also was a former City of Ketchikan mayor, was arrested and charged on November 4th of last year. He was a Ketchikan City Council member at the time, but resigned from his seat on November 7th. Shay remains in custody at Ketchikan Correctional Center awaiting sentencing on August 3rd.
Also on Monday, the Assembly will consider:
• Asking the Alaska Mental Health Trust to include Coast Guard Beach and land in the Mountain Point area in a land-swap proposal with the U.S. Forest Service.
• A collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers calling for a 1.5-percent cost of living pay raise, effective July 1, and raises that roughly equal 1.75 percent in 2013.
• A 1.5-percent cost of living adjustment for nonunion Borough employees.
• A $12,734 supplemental appropriation to the 2012 borough budget for the North Tongass Fire and EMS Service Area for travel and training; and a $14,200 supplemental appropriation to the Waterfall Service Area for snow removal.
• Three executive sessions are scheduled, two to discuss evaluations of the borough attorney and borough clerk, and one to discuss the new union contract.
The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Borough Assembly chambers in the White Cliff building. There will time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting.