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The executive power of the City of Nome is vested in the Mayor.  Nome’s residents elected Mr. Beneville in October of 2015.  Prior to that, he served as the Director of Community Schools for 23 years before retiring in May of 2015.  Mr. Beneville also founded Nome Discovery Tours, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Though he has since sold the company, he remains its primary tour guide.

Mr. Beneville is originally from New Jersey.  When his father became a dentist in the Air Force, Mr. Beneville spent the remainder of his youth living all over the world.  He was an actor in New York City for many years until he moved to Barrow, Alaska in 1982.  He eventually came to Nome, where he has remained, in 1988. 

Mr. Beneville serves as the Vice President of the Nome Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Vice President of the Nome Arts Council.  He also serves on the Board of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

Currently, Mr. Beneville occupies the City of Nome’s seat on the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee.  Lastly, he is also a member of the Board of the Bering Strait Economic Council.

Mr. Beneville’s passion is the theater, and he has directed over 30 plays and musicals in Nome and in Barrow combined.  He loves the arts and feels strongly in their power to bring people together by celebrating and sharing them with one another.


The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the City Council. The Mayor may take part in the discussion of a matter before the City Council, but may not vote except in the case of a tie. The Mayor acts as ceremonial head of the City government, executes official documents on authorization of the City Council, and is responsible for additional duties and powers prescribed by Alaska law.

  • The City of Nome has adopted a Manager Form of Government.

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