Mayor Bronson names Mario Bird as chief of staff


Mayor Dave Bronson announced that he named Mario Bird as his chief of staff. Bird had been serving as acting chief of staff since April. It is not a position that requires Assembly approval.

“Mario has served my Administration and the people of Anchorage incredibly well since joining our team a year ago. Through his measured approach, thoughtfulness, and dedication to making Anchorage a better place for the next generation I am confident in his abilities to excel as Chief of Staff,” said Bronson.  

“I am honored by Mayor Bronson’s confidence in me, and look forward to working with the Assembly and public to make Anchorage a safer and more prosperous city for all,” Bird said.

Bird was born in Soldotna and graduated from Nikiski High School. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Film (magna cum laude).

He received his juris doctor from the Ave Maria School of Law (magna cum laude) in Naples, Fla. and served on the Ave Maria Law Review.

He has been a practicing attorney for 10 years. Prior to pursuing a legal career, he worked as a photographer and editor for the Alaska Channel and as a teacher and coach for Holy Rosary Academy.

Bird has served in the acting capacity since Adam Trombley left the municipality in April. When he first started in the Bronson Administration, he was named Municipal Attorney, but it became clear the leftist Assembly would not confirm him, and so the mayor brought him in as a senior policy adviser.


  1. Without any reference to the qualifications and skills of Mr. Bird, readers should understand that many previous Anchorage Mayors did not have chief of staff. I think Mark and Ethan started with this. That should provide a clue. As noted, the position is not mentioned in the Charter and does not require Assembly confirmation.

  2. Really appreciate Mayor Bronson staying focused through all the assembly hate and B.S.
    Attorney Bird is a strong mind and fast study.
    Thankless job being a conservative serving in any office these days.

  3. Alaska legal practitioners do not seem to have reverence for the US Constitution. All Alaska is impoverished therefore by their shallow, mercurial analyses, if any, or perspectives. Glad he is willing to work for Anchorage, its Mayor and half the state’s population attempting to live an American dream in Anchorage.

  4. Well, it’s probably better that Bronson is working diligently on behalf of the Anchorage citizens and hiring quality Staff, with a high degree of experience and polished demeanor. Personally, if I were the Mayor of Anchorage, I would’ve hired all staff members from Blackwater to clean house, all of which, might not be politically correct and/or even close to ethical … BUT(!!!), it would most assuredly be effective and efficient!

  5. Bronson ran off everyone that understands how the City functions, A Super Mario is needed in the Hill Building.

  6. Honestly don’t know why someone would work for Bronson.

    They will be mercilessly harassed, slandered, obstructed, and ridiculed by the Politburo and their flying monkeys in the press.

    Plus the ongoing dysfunction in Bronson’s office.

    Where’s the upside?

  7. “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

    -Samuel Adams

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