11/15/17 – The newly sworn-in alderman in the city of Juneau has resigned before ever attending a meeting. Adam Smerecki was appointed by the mayor and sworn in following council approval last month. Smerecki’s appointment was effective as of November 1 and last night would have been his first council meeting. In his resignation letter, he cited “unforeseen circumstances” affecting him both personally and professionally and said he did not feel he would be giving Juneau his best noting that the community deserves more than he could currently give. Smerecki was tabbed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Alderwoman Kendra Hayden, who referenced health concerns and a new job as the reasons for her stepping down. Mayor Dan Wegener says if there are any residents interested in filling the final months of the term he would recommend qualified applicants to the full council for a vote. He says that the size of the council is small and some committee’s only have three members making a full city council important for getting work done. Smarecki’s resignation leaves vacancies on the city’s Public Safety, Blue Zones and Library committees. The Ward Two seat will be up for election in April.