Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson today accepted the resignation of Anchorage Health Director Joe Gerace, who is leaving because of severe health issues.
“Last week, I suffered a stroke while working and spent three days in the hospital as a result” said Gerace. “Today, after suffering another event, and being transported by ambulance to the hospital, I recognize the need to focus on my health first and foremost. I thoroughly enjoyed leading the Anchorage Health Department and it’s dedicated staff to help the residents of Anchorage, but my health and well being is my upmost priority right now. I want to thank the exceptional emergency responders at the Anchorage Fire Department and the hospital health professionals that have tended to me during both of these events.”
“Joe’s service to Anchorage and the Anchorage Health Department is greatly appreciated,” said Mayor Dave Bronson. “I will miss his dedication, hard work, and commitment to help our city’s underserved. Deb and I are praying for his complete recovery.”
Anchorage Health Department Deputy Director Kim Rash will serve as the Acting Director until a Director is announced.