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.