Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray

During a moment Thursday night to thank departing Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly member Angela Major for her service, member Andrew Gray announced his own resignation from the nine-member panel.

He is the second assembly member to leave his seat before the end of his term this year.

Gray began his remarks at the assembly meeting by thanking Major for her dedication and leadership and saying the assembly would miss her.

“With that said, I want to add to the burden of things, and I’m going to announce that I have accepted a position at the University of Oregon,” Gray said.

Gray’s resignation will come before the assembly for approval June 27 at its regular meeting. That will set in motion a replacement process that is fresh in the memory of assembly members, who recently did the same thing for Major’s seat.

Gray’s last assembly meeting will be July 25.

“It’s been a pleasure,” said Gray, who was elected in 2016. “But I’m still here, for the moment.”

Assemblywoman Leah Berman Williams told the assembly that Gray and Major will be missed.

“I am super sorry we are losing the expertise and thoughtfulness of Ms. Major and Mr. Gray — assuming we accept his resignation,” she said. “It’s been very instructive to listen to everyone’s different viewpoints on the assembly. I wish you both the best of luck.”

Other assembly members echoed these statements, both toward Gray and Major. During her remarks, Major thanked and acknowledged the individual members of the assembly. She told Gray he was a “quiet, calm professional” and that she, too, appreciated his thoughtful approach.

Thursday was Major’s last meeting. Major, who announced her resignation in December, was elected in 2017. She will be leaving Fairbanks to attend the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.

Gray’s seat was set to expire in October. Per borough code, the assembly must appoint a replacement for his seat, as there are more than 45 days remaining in his term. A vacancy notice will go out, and interested individuals will have 14 days to apply for a chance to interview for the position before the assembly.

The newly appointed person will serve in Gray’s place until the seat’s three-year term is filled after the Oct. 1 election.

The assembly will interview applicants for Major’s seat at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and will vote at 7 p.m. that day. 

Contact Cheryl Upshaw at 459-7572.