Ketchikan Indian Community General Manager Debbie Patton has announced she will not renew her contract with KIC.
Patton plans to accept a position as Deputy Health Administrator for Douglas County in Roseburg, Oregon.
Patton has worked for KIC for 13 years, five of those as general manager. Her career with the tribe started in Behavioral Health where she eventually became the department director.
Patton has lived in Ketchikan for more than 31 years. She says she’s enjoyed tackling the many challenges at Ketchikan Indian Community and is satisfied that a strong foundation has been laid for continued success. Patton says it’s the right time for her to make a change.
Patton’s contract expires November 1st but she has agreed to stay on two to four weeks as necessary to help train her replacement. She also will help manage the special election tentatively set for November 11th. That election still needs Bureau of Indian Affairs approval, and will allow members to ratify changes to KIC’s constitution.
Ketchikan Indian Community has hired a professional executive recruitment firm to help find a new general manager.