Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson has announced that Municipal Manager Amy Demboski is leaving the administration and he has named Kent Kohlhase as acting municipal manager.
Demboski joined the administration shortly after Bronson was elected 2021. She is a former Anchorage Assemblywoman for Eagle River who challenged Ethan Berkowitz for mayor in 2015. Berkowitz won, and Demboski in 2018 joined the administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy, where she worked in the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development before leaving in 2021 to be Bronson’s city manager.
Kohlhase was recently named Public Works director, when former director Lance Wilber was promoted to executive director of Community Development. Kohlhase previously served as the director of project management and engineering for the Municipality of Anchorage. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Anchorage for 22 years, including seven years as engineering staff officer for the Chugach National Forest.
Kohlhase graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1993 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1998.