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Posted on: August 9, 2019

News Release: Valdez City Council Selects Mr. Mark Detter as New City Manager


For immediate release: 08/09/2019 6:00 p.m.

Valdez, AK – Valdez City Council extended Mr. Mark Detter an offer of employment as Valdez city manager late Wednesday afternoon.

Following a nationwide recruitment effort, City Council selected two finalist candidates from a diverse applicant pool. Over the last week, finalists participated in several meetings with city staff, a guided tour of the community, a reception at the Valdez Civic Center to meet local citizens, and a formal public interview by City Council.

“City Council’s goal through the recruitment process involved identifying a city manager with very specific qualities – An experienced candidate willing to work with us to actively shape and reach community goals. A candidate who would be fully engaged to provide leadership for city staff, interact collaboratively with our citizens, and be a champion for our city” said Mayor Pro Tempore Sharon Scheidt. “We also wanted to ensure the new city manager was fully aware of and willing to work with the unique qualities, needs, and challenges found in Valdez.”

With 25 years of service in municipal government, Mr. Detter holds a proven leadership record in city administration, citizen engagement, and maintaining positive working relationships with elected officials. He also has an extensive background in governmental comprehensive planning and implementation, housing diversification efforts, and development of sustainable resources.

“The Council is pleased to welcome a city manager of Mr. Detter’s caliber and sincerely believe he meets all of the qualities we sought from an ideal candidate,” said Mayor Jeremy O’Neil. “Mr. Detter also comes highly recommended by both his current and past employers. We are more than satisfied he will successfully help implement our vision for the future of Valdez.”

Under negotiated contract terms, Mr. Detter will begin his tenure as city manager no later than November 2019. Mr. Detter currently serves as the city manager for the City of Andover, Kansas. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Wichita State University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and business administration from Southwestern College

Assistant City Manager Roxanne Murphy will continue to serve as interim city manager until Mr. Detter arrives in Valdez. 

To view Mr. Detter’s full resume, visit


Contact: City Public Information Office, 907.834.3468, 

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