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Alan Lanning

City Manager
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Jon Stavig

Finance Director
Jon has been the Finance Director for the City of Cordova since Dec. 2012. Previous to that, Jon’s working career had been in banking, from which he retired after 30 years. Jon is married and they have been Cordova residents since 1984. He's lived in Alaska since 1979, previously previously having lived in the communities of Kodiak, Haines and Juneau.

Rich Rogers

Public Works Director
Rich has 4 decades of experience providing engineering services for multiple Federal, State, City, military, and private clients. He has worked as Project Engineer or Project Manager/Division Manager on diverse projects covering vertical and horizontal construction, roads, drainage, utilities, facilities, rock blasting, dredging, landfill closures, estimating, hazardous waste remediation, bidding, military/combat engineering, QA/QC services, and Resident Engineering. Rich served on Active Duty with the Army Corps of Engineers for 10+ years and then spent 27+ years in private practice, most recently as a Supervisory Engineer at Fort Greely’s Missile Defense Complex.

Mike Hicks

Police Chief
Mike moved to Cordova in 1989, retiring from a 20 year aviation career with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995. He began his law enforcement career with the Cordova Police Department in 1996, leaving CPD in 2007 to become an Alaska Wildlife Trooper. Mike returns to CPD as Chief, beginning his tenure in August 2014. Mike is also the volunteer Fire Chief, with 28 years of firefighting behind him. He holds a State of Alaska Advanced Police Certification and several instructor certifications related to police, fire, and incident command topics.

Tony Schinella

Harbormaster
Born in Concord New Hampshire, Tony lived there until joining the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1993. In 2013 he retired from the Coast Guard as a Chief Machinery Technician with 20 years of honorable service. While on active duty, Tony's duty stations included Boston, MA; Seattle, WA; and Homer, Kodiak and Cordova AK. In the military he held positions of Auxiliary Equipment Chief, Assistant Engineering Officer, Fueling Officer, Damage Control Leader and Chief of the engine overhaul team for the USCGC Polar Star. On November 7, 2012 Tony began a new chapter in life as the Harbormaster for the City of Cordova.

Cindy Appleton

HR/Grants
Cindy was born in 1960 at Fort Carson, Colorado and from there moved to Louisiana where she spent the bulk of her childhood and early years. She attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston and just short of graduation, traveled to Cordova, Alaska. 30 years and 3 beautiful "ginger" (red-headed) children later, Cindy remains in Cordova enjoying life in the Last Frontier. Cindy has been employed with the City of Cordova for the past 8 years in her current position.

Sam Greenwood

Planner
Samantha Greenwood has worked at the City of Cordova as the City Planner for 4 years. She has lived and worked in Cordova for 23 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka AK in 1991. She enjoys the hiking and the beautiful scenery that Cordova has to offer.

Paul Trumblee

Fire Marshal
Born in Alaska, Paul grew up in a military family and graduated from Cordova High School. With over 27 years experience in Fire and Emergency Services, he began his career with the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department as a Fire Explorer while in High School. Paul has completed a wide-range of formal training in Fire and Emergency Services and holds several prestigious professional certifications, including Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Service Instructor I, Level 7 Instructor in CPR and First Aid, Citizen Corps train the trainer, and NIMS ICS All-Hazards Incident Commander. Paul has held positions as a Reserve Police Officer in Minnesota and Public Safety Technician with the Alaska State Troopers and is presently pursuing certification as a State and International Fire Investigator.

Susan Bourgeois

City Clerk
Appointed as City Clerk in April of 2010, Bourgeois has over 12 years of experience in the municipal clerk’s profession with the City of Cordova. In October of 2013 she earned the title Certified Municipal Clerk by completing the required education and experience prescribed by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Bourgeois graduated from Brown University in Providence, RI in May of 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in American History. She and her commercial fishing husband, Chris Bourgeois, have made Cordova their home since 1992 and are raising 3 children here, Chris Jr., Abby and AJ. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, watching her kids in their sports endeavors and playing with the family’s two St. Bernard’s.

Susie Herschleb

Director, Parks & Rec
Susie made her way from Minot, ND to Cordova in 1987, as a junior in high school hoping to earn money for college. With family in the Cordova fishing industry, Susie fell in love with the community and moved here permanently in 1994. She has a background in fine arts and formal training in building and mending commercial fishing gear. In 1995, she worked with the local 4H leader to provide youth programming at Bidarki Rec Center, from which grew a career. Susie has a passion for physical fitness and the benefits it brings us all.

Weston Bennett

Superintendent of Facilities
Weston grew up in Eagle River, Alaska and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he earned a degree in Management and Marketing. He applied that degree to managing projects and facilities for the Fuel Consortium at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Weston's strong passion for the outdoors and Alaska brought him to Cordova in the fall of 2014.

Cathy Sherman

Information Services Director
After travelling on family vacation to all the Civil War sites in the East, Cathy knew she was destined to be a historian. After serving on the Cordova Historical Society Board of Directors and as a volunteer, Cathy says it was a thrill to take on the directorship of the Cordova Historical Museum in 1993. She looks forward to moving the museum into its new space in the Cordova Center and fulfilling our goal of accreditation.
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