The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly wants the acting borough manager to take the job permanently.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror says the assembly voted last week for borough staff to begin contract negotiations with Bud Cassidy.
Cassidy took over the top spot on an interim basis when Rick Gifford left the post in June.
Cassidy said at the time, he was not interested in applying for a job.
Erick Strahl of Menominee, Michigan, was picked after months of reviewing applications, but he turned down the borough's job offer in October, citing opposition from his family to move to Alaska in the middle of a school year.
After contract negotiations, assembly approval will be required before Cassidy becomes permanent.