Mayor and Assembly

The legislative power of the Borough is vested in the Borough Assembly. The Assembly engages in a broad range of decision-making that effects all functions of Borough government. The Assembly establishes policy for the Borough. The Mayor and seven Assembly members are elected-at-large by the voters. The Assembly appoints a professionally trained and experienced Borough Manager to administer the Borough functions on a daily basis. The Assembly, together with the Mayor, oversees the Borough Manager, Borough Attorney, and Borough Clerk.

  1. Mayor
  2. Assembly
Dave Kiffer, Mayor
1900 First Avenue Suite 115
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 228-6605
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Term Expires: 2014

 Mayor Kiffer

Dave Kiffer is a fourth generation Ketchikan resident on both sides of his family. His mother's grandparents came to the Ketchikan area to work in the mining industry in 1896 and his father's family came to Ketchikan in 1919 and worked in the fishing and timber industries.

Mayor Kiffer graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1977 and attended college in southern California. In 1988, he graduated cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and in 1999 received a master's degree in creative writing from Lancaster University in England after spending a year studying abroad in Ireland.

He spent 20 years in the journalism industry working for newspapers and radio stations in Alaska, Massachusetts, and Wyoming. Mayor Kiffer is the education coordinator at the State of Alaska's Ketchikan Correctional Center. He also currently teaches music history at University of Alaska-Southeast, Ketchikan Campus and gives private lessons on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and other woodwinds. He continues to have a very active freelance writing career. Many of his humor columns and local historical stories can be viewed on Sitnews.

His wife, Charlotte Glover, is the owner of Parnassus Books. Their son, Liam, is enrolled in Schoenbar Middle School and is a Rhodes Scholar in training.