The manager is the chief administrative officer of the borough, and is responsible for the proper administration of all borough affairs and implementation of borough policy as established by the assembly. The manager has ultimate responsibility and authority for the well functioning of the borough. This includes direction of all Borough employees except for those in the clerk’s and attorney’s offices. The direction and supervision of the manager is distributed among the departments established by ordinance.
The manager is appointed by the assembly and serves at its pleasure. An elected official may not be appointed manager sooner than one year after leaving office.
Hailing from the Land of only Ten Thousand Lakes, John Moosey began his tenure as the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Manager on May 2, 2011. Project development was one of the attractions that drew John here. The Borough population grew 50 percent in a single decade. Infrastructure is on the cusp of catching up. In 2014, $138 million in construction projects is underway including schools, roads, firehalls, and a library. Completing the addition to the Borough Administration building in Palmer and the chalet at Government Peak Recreation Area meant scratching off projects that had been talked about for decades. Substantial work is underway on the 32-mile link of the Port Mackenzie Railroad Extension. With more than 96,000 residents in the Mat-Su, we are changing. John is glad to be a part of it.
John began his career in municipal management in Pennsylvania in 1985 followed by administrator positions in Ohio. Over the course of 16 years he served at a Minnesota city and county, overseeing infrastructure development.
John is a loyal, or some might say cursed fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, & Cavaliers. Fortunately he now roots for the Alaskan League annual contenders, the MatSu Miners. John's wife, Michelle, is a special education teacher at Iditarod Elementary. His daughter, Rebecca, is a math teacher at Teeland Middle School. His son, Jacob, is finishing up a Business degree in Minnesota. John is a proud grandpa of Obie and Isla.
- George W. Hays
Assistant Borough Manager
George was born and raised in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, graduating from Elgin High School with honors and nine sports letters. After working for a year at the local sawmill in Elgin, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1971 and served as an enlisted man until 1982 when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through Officer Training School. After a total of forty one years, 22 change of base assignments, 167 temporary duty assignments, and six contingency deployments during three wars, Air Force Colonel George Hays, retired from active duty in 2012 as the longest-serving colonel in the Air Force at the time. During his career George was a Commander 5 times and served in various positions in Base operations and management. He developed a dedicated public service-oriented philosophy and honed his skills at community management, which he is now using to serve the citizens of the Mat-Su Borough.
George excelled at each location, earning 87 military medals, badges, and service ribbons including two Defense Superior Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, 10 Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Combat Action Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. While in the Air Force he served in Special Operations and completed the U.S. Army's Ranger School. He also earned a Masters Degree and is a certified Project Management Professional. Although he might not be working Special Operations or winning medals here in the Borough, George's background is ideally suited to handle crisis situations and operations management as he oversees the Borough's Department of Emergency Services, Capital Projects, Public Works and IT Departments, as well as the Animal Care Facility.
George and Mary Lynn Hays have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Two of their daughters and 7 grandchildren live here in the Mat-Su Borough. Their other daughter and son live in St Charles, Missouri and Spokane, Washington respectively. George is an avid hunter, fisherman and long distance runner--completing 10 marathons and is showing he can excel and "go the distance" here as the Assistant Borough manager.
Assistant Borough Manager Phone: (907) 861-8405