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Anchorage’s muni manager Bill Falsey resigns, running for mayor; Anna Henderson hired to run city

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Bill Falsey, Anchorage’s municipal manager since 2017, is resigning effective Dec. 1.

Falsey had been hired as municipal attorney in 2015 by former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, and then became municipal manager for Berkowitz, who resigned in October after a sex-text scandal was revealed by former news anchor Maria Athens. Berkowitz was not able to run again, and Falsey had announced in August that he would run.

The press release announcing his departure came late in the day before a long holiday weekend. It was one of four major announcements by the Acting Mayor’s office and the Anchorage Assembly, in what appears to be a “Friday night news dump,” a releasing of news or documents on a Friday or during a holiday in an attempt to avoid media scrutiny.

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The acting mayor made no mention of Falsey’s plans, but earlier this week Falsey had scheduled a Dec. 1 virtual fundraiser for his candidacy for mayor, which appears to remain on track.

Among other announced candidates for mayor are Bill Evans, Mike Robbins, Dave Bronson, Forrest Dunbar, Darin Colbry, Nelson Godoy, Heather Herndon, George Martinez, and Eric Croft. The candidate registration period opens Jan. 15.

Anna Henderson, former general manager of Municipal Light and Power (ML&P), will begin serving as the Municipal Manager upon his departure. She has held the position of deputy municipal manager since October.

“Falsey agreed several times to extend his length of service beyond his original plans: first to serve as the Incident Commander leading the MOA’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic; later, to ensure the municipality’s successful completion of the sale of ML&P to Chugach Electric Association; and finally, to assist with the recent mayoral transition,” Acting Mayor Quinn-Davidson said.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • NO Eric Croft!!!
    He’s just another Berky.

  • Watch out: Rank Choice Voting………….

  • Just say no to Falsey. He has the right last name, his idea of being mayor is to continue the tearing down of our businesses and increasing our costs to live our lives. No more of these liberal idiots should be elected. I am actively going to campaign for conservative politicians from now on. I am getting off the sidelines.

    • His name is Falsey, he’ll fit in perfectly with who’s been voted in our MOA. Remember, the current interim mayor was voted by us onto the Anchorage Assembly. I’ll support you.

  • Bill’s an excellent choice for Mayor if one believes homeowners’ private property exists first and foremost for the enjoyment of trespassers and trail advocates.
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    Bill’s your guy if you believe the Mayor’s job is to threaten private-property owners with legal action if they don’t allow trail advocates free, unlimited access across private land.
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    Anchorage’s easily corruptible mail-in vote scheme might be problematic for Bill since bigger crooks with more money and muscle got on the fight card first, but anyone with a mordant sense of humor should enjoy watching what crawls out of the political litterbox.

  • He is worse than the pervert Berkowitz !!! He supported everything the perv wanted.

  • Start digging up dirt on this miscreant. Sling that mud.

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