FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH

907 Terminal St. Fairbanks AK 99701 (907) 459-1000

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor

Mayor Kassel

​​Mayor Karl W. Kassel

Email  -  (907) 459-1300  -  (907) 459-1102 FAX
Term expires 10/2018

The Borough Mayor is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, elected for a three year term. In addition to overseeing borough administration, the Mayor is in charge of the budget and capital improvements with the FNSB. The Mayor makes monthly and annual budget reports to the Borough Assembly.

 Mayor's Biography

 Karl W. Kassel was elected as Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in October 2015 and has lived in Fairbanks since 1975. Originally from New York, Kassel has received his B.S. in Physical Education with Teaching Certification from the State University of New York at Brockport. Kassel worked for the FNSB as the Parks Superintendent from 1988 to 2002 and was the Director of Parks and Recreation from 2002 to 2008. Kassel has served on the FNSB Assembly since 2010 and was the Presiding Officer from 2013 to 2015.

Kassel has owned his own construction business and has worked as a construction consultant. He was also a student activities advisor and a canoeing instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Mayor Kassel has actively participated in a variety of service organizations, including the Yukon Quest, the Tanana Valley Youth Sports Foundation, the Blind Outdoor Leisure Development, Goldstream Valley Trail Users and Alaska Trails. Kassel has also served as the public address "voice" for the Alaska Dog Mushers Association during the springtime dog races in Fairbanks since 1980. Kassel is serving his first term as Mayor.

  
  
  
  
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 Borough Contact Information

  • Jim Williams

    Mayor's Office - Chief of Staff
    Administrative Center, 3rd floor
    PO Box 71267 Fairbanks, AK 99707
    (907) 459-1305
    Email

  • Lanien M. Livingston

    Mayor's Office - Public Information Officer
    Administrative Center, 3rd floor
    PO Box 71267 Fairbanks, AK 99707
    (907) 459-1304
    Email

  • Krista Major

    Mayor's Office - Executive Secretary
    Administrative Center 3rd floor
    PO Box 71267 Fairbanks AK 99707
    Email

  • Jeff Stepp

    Mayor's Office - Special Assistant/Economic Development Coordinator
    Administrative Center 3rd floor
    PO Box 71267 Fairbanks AK 99707
    Email

 Economic Development Division

The Economic Development Division is the Alaska Regional Organization (ARDOR) for the borough. The division works with the Economic Development Commission to develop, maintain and implement the FNSB Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

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