Municipal attorney resigns

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Acting Municipal Attorney Blair Christensen will be departing from the Municipality to pursue a new opportunity, the Mayor’s Office said.

Christensen has worked in the city’s Law Department for nine years. Her last day will be Feb. 8.

“I have valued my time working with Blair, and have found her to be incredibly sharp, professional, and a huge asset to the Municipality. I want to wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors,” said Mayor Dave Bronson.

“My time working on behalf of the people of Anchorage has been one of the greatest jobs and honors of my life. The people I have had the fortune of working with and learning from have made this job something special,” Christiansen said in a statement. “I want to thank the Mayor for his trust in me over the last 5-months, as I served as Acting Municipal Attorney.”

Bronson had picked Patrick Bergt as his municipal attorney when he took office in June of 2021. Bergt left a year later to work for ACS, and the Anchorage Assembly refused to approve Bronson’s second choice, Mario Bird, who served only briefly as acting municipal attorney and who is now a senior policy advisor to the mayor. Christensen was likely to be confirmed, as she is well known by the Anchorage Assembly.

28 COMMENTS

  1. This is not good. People are bailing on Bronson left, right, sideways.

    This mess is beyond damage control and into meltdown.

  2. They are bailing on the Anchorage Assembly as well who closed businesses during the last years and displayed contempt for Anchorage constitutional rights and despising the population they represent one half of the state’s unwelcome population.

    • So, you read something you don’t like and just decide to take the reality right out of the conversation?

      I don’t like this so I am changing to subject to something completely unrelated

      • Thank you for imputing power to me I do not necessarily have. I’ll go with that. Let me change “reality” for you. There’s a thing. It’s called the US Constitution. It and the sacrifice of patriots gives me THE RIGHT to SPEECH especially political speech. Democrats often feel this ought to be curbed reduced to an arbitrary one minute. They say cheerfully to themselves “catch me (impinging your rights) if you can”. Oh, they’ll be caught alright.

        • Oh good, further taking the conversation away from reality because you don’t want to face it. Got it. Keep it up, big fan of fiction and distortion.

          • I believe “matt” is under age 18 and is being set up to harass commenters on this page by her mother. Please revoke their comment privileges for a while. Unfortunately this child age 12 is merely harassing to entertain its PARENT. Inappropriate use of your page.

  3. When each smooches the other’s heinder on the way out the door it’s an indication that they’re not bailing out. It is possible to make a lateral or upward move without pulling a Demboski.

  4. A phony attempt to not burn bridges:
    “My time working on behalf of the people of Anchorage has been one of the greatest jobs and honors of my life. The people I have had the fortune of working with and learning from have made this job something special,”

  5. When exactly is it time for the Governor of our state to step in and declare that our local government has stepped beyond the laws of local charter, the state laws, and even the federal laws and take control of the city that holds at least a third of the population of Alaska. How many thresholds must be crossed? This is a disaster.

  6. The fact is the individual is removing herself in a special, ladylike fashion from a muddy, dirty malformation of local government processes and lack thereof.

  7. Amusing that Bronson supporters are anonymous trolls who are now turning to the Governor after voters supported the Assembly

    • I’m curious. Can you prove you are who you say you are?

      How do we know you’re not a troll hiding behind a pseudonym?

        • Thanks, Methuselah, you are a deer. :*) and your spelling and sentence structure are quite nice. I am proud of you. If your Mom’s visitor(s) ever try to spank you it is called assault and battery. It is a crime and you must call 911 immediately and report it to the police. Then, call your natural father and your paternal grandparents. Your mother and her men visitor(s) will not tell you this but it is true. Your father will not agree to physical spankings administered to you by your Moms new men friend(s) though your mother will never follow rules like filling out a parental plan as is required for divorces to be granted when children are underage. Also do not go camping out of doors with men your mother tries to give you to camp with. It is a dangerous thing to do. Just kindly say to her visitors: “NO thanks. I’ll go with my Dad when I’m 18 or I won’t go at all. I have a Dad; he is nice and smart and I’d rather go with my own Dad. Thanks anyway.”

      • A simple google search of Frank’s name comes back with tangible results demonstrating that absent proof from you that someone is using Frank Rast’s name without his permission, he is in fact a real person who is using his actual name.

        But nothing comes up for Masked Avenger, proving that you are the troll hiding behind a pseudonym.

        • How do I know you’re Pablo? No last name given. Not gonna bother searching Pablo. Course I didn’t search Frank either.

          Why? I don’t really care.

          how do any of us know Frank is Frank? In these days of technology amazing things are possible. For that matter, how do you know you found the right “Frank?” Can you prove he and only he has this name?

          Of course you can’t.

          “Frank” is the one who recently started calling people anonymous trolls. You seem to have joined the parade “Pablo”. Your nickel, I don’t care.

          My point is simple. If an accusation is made, the accuser (in this case, “Frank”) should be ready, willing, and able to prove their lack of culpability, if challenged. Otherwise, don’t accuse. Especially when the people you accuse often post smarter, more cogent replies.

          Do I use a pseudonym? Clearly. Why? My reasons are my own. Hiding? Clearly not.

          But I appreciate your playing, “Pablo”. Be sure to pick up your version of the home game on your way out.

          • Come on, “Bat Man,” you can’t b.s. your way out of “feigned intelligence.” You really “nailed” the tail on the ass this time–yourself!

            I find your question “how [sic] do any of us know Frank is Frank?” Clintonesque! Frankly, the only way that we can answer that question is to first define what the word “is” is!

            I don’t know if Rast “is” Rast, but by all indications “you” really are a wannabe Bat Man!

          • Maybe it’s Pablo Cruise. We know quite a bit about Pablo Cruise. I remember them playing the West High Auditorium in 1980.

  8. An interesting note I doubt the well-meaning heretofore limitless municipal assembly understands is that the beloved foreign (British owned) Chugach USFS has been slapped with a permanent roadless rule onto their beloved fine foreign owned Chugach National Forest along the Turnagain Arm all the way to Iggle River and adored by no less than Lissa Murkowski herself. Aask Lissa to give a speech to Anchorage about it the next time she’s riding around in her limo in Anch. That would be fun and exciting, wouldn’t it, ok? Just think of the photos…

  9. Municipal attorneys/asst attorneys have been jumping ship for a couple years. The pay is far below state, federal and private sector jobs. The Muni Prosecutor’s office is operating below 50%.

    We will probably see one or two high profile exits in February.

  10. I had the belief when I commented on this page that everyone on this page is an adult. Evidently a manipulative parent and her boyfriend are “teaching” computer bullying skills. That “parent” should be “evaluated”. If I say I’m an adult observing the rules on this page there should some basis on fact that others are also adults on this page. I don’t believe “matt” is an adult. Please remove the commenting/harrassment privileges.

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