The head of the Anchorage Community Development Authority has resigned, effective immediately.
Andrew Halcro, who was first hired by former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, is an active user of Twitter, where he regularly savages Republicans. Things have not gone well for him since Berkowitz resigned in disgrace on Oct. 23.
Halcro said he had seen “an alarming pattern of bad faith dealings” with the Municipality of Anchorage, according to a document acquired by Alaska’s News Source.
“The letter claims the MOA ‘threw a wrench’ into the ACDA’s transit center project last week, jeopardizing the $50 million development, failed to fulfill a promise to deliver $5.7 million to ACDA in exchange for its equity in the Anchorage Police Department’s headquarters building and acted to remove Terry Parks as the ACDA chair.”
Halcro ran for governor as an independent in the 2006 election, placing third with 9.46 percent of the vote.
He was a state representative from Anchorage from 1998-2002, serving side by side with his close ally, then-Rep. Lisa Murkowski, who has gone on to have a career as U.S. senator.
He had a failed run for mayor of Anchorage against Berkowitz, but Berkowitz then hired him to lead the Authority, which has broad control over downtown Anchorage.
Recently he has been engaged in a several-month-long Twitter tirade about Gov. Mike Dunleavy:
Under Halcro’s leadership, Anchorage’s downtown economy has collapsed. His crowning achievement was a prison-yard-style basketball court on the roof of the the Fifth Ave. Mall garage. His effort to create a food-truck culture in the downtown was seen as a failure, and he recently had no luck in developing a downtown transit center.