Anchorage Update
 April 2012

Assembly & Election Commission Continues Election Work


During the April 3rd Municipal Election many precincts in the Municipality experienced ballot shortages and other difficulties. It is unfortunate that this occurred. Elections are administered by the Municipal Clerk's Office and overseen by the Assembly. The Clerk's Office, along with the Election Commission, is working hard to determine if the shortage affected the election. If you were unable to vote due to a shortage of ballots, please email Be sure to include your full name and details about your experience. The Election Commission will also hold two meetings to interview people who were unable to vote. The first will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Loussac Library's Wilda Martson Theatre; the second will be at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23 at City Hall.  Click here for more information on these meetings and the election

Mayor Sullivan proclaiming April 17, 2012 Kikkan Randall Day in Anchorage.

External Review of APD Polices & Procedures Planned


I recently announced an external review into the policy and procedures of the Anchorage Police Department (APD) as they relate to the supervision and disciplinary actions of their employees.


We are in contract discussions with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to conduct the review. The IACP is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 20,000 members in over 100 different countries. IACP's leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes. They are experts in the areas of police operating procedures, policies, and training. They will review the corrective actions that have been taken, and make recommendations as to what more should be done in order to maintain officers of the highest integrity and professionalism.   Read more...

Mayor Sullivan presented this cake to the Street Maintenance Team as a token of appreciation for their hard work during the #1 snowiest winter recorded in Anchorage.

Thanks to Anchorage Legislators for Fighting to Fund MOA Legislative Priorities


I want to thank Anchorage Legislators for securing over $377 million for Anchorage in the 2013 capital budget.   The projects included in the budget focus on basic infrastructure and public safety along with Project 80s facility upgrades.


Leading the list was the infrastructure and transportation priority receiving $98.5 million for the Port of Anchorage, a significant increase over last year's funding. This will allow the revised expansion project to continue moving forward. Read more...

Mayor Sullivan announced on April 18, that Mark Hall will be returning to his post as a Battalion Chief and Chris Bushue will be ascending to the rank of Fire Chief.

Transition into Second Term Begins with Appointments   


On April 3, 2012, I was elected to my second term as Mayor of Anchorage. We have already begun transitioning into my second term.   We are dedicated to moving the city forward; in some cases this means bringing on new leadership. Over the course of the next few months we will be filling vacant positions, creating new ones, and changing directions in some areas.   A new Communications Director, Fire Chief, and Program Manager for the 49th State Angel Fund have already been named, and there are more to come.


Meet Fire Chief Chris Bushue

Chris was born 1959, moved to Anchorage in 1960 and grew up in the Spenard area.  He graduated Dimond High School in 1978. Chris obtained a paramedic license from Central Washington University in 1980 and the State of Alaska in 1981. On February 11 of that same year Chris joined the Anchorage Fire Department as a paramedic intern and was later promoted to Paramedic Two in 1984. In 1991 he was promoted to Paramedic Supervisor and became an EMS Battalion Chief in 2002.  In 2007 he became a Fire Battalion Chief then in September 2010 became the Chief of Operations.


Meet Joe Morrison, Project Manager for the 49th State Angel Fund  

Joe is a values-driven manager combining experiences living on three continents with eight years in marketing, sales and cross-functional management in socially responsible financial services. He recently achieved his International Masters in Business Administration from Madrid's IE Business School. Joe's diverse background and long work history in banking make him a great choice to head up the city's 49th State Angel Fund. The 49th State Angel Fund is a federal allocation that Anchorage has received to help provide more accessible funding to start-ups and small businesses; the allocation is part of the U.S. Department of Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative.


Meet Lindsey Whitt, Communications Director

Lindsey has a deeply rooted penchant for local business development and the current and future affairs of her beloved state. She left her post as Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the Port of Anchorage to join my team. While at the Port she oversaw the rebranding, which included a fresh logo, website, and PR strategy. She has 10 years of local experience in public relations and strategic planning.  


I welcome these outstanding folks to my team. 


Internships at the Mayor's Office


A limited number of summer internships are available in the Mayor's Office. Please call 343-7100 or email Larry Baker ( for more information.

Connect with the Mayor


If you haven't already, follow me on Twitter (@MayorSullivan) and like my page on Facebook (Dan Sullivan, Mayor of Anchorage) to get updates from me on what's happening in Anchorage.

Issue: 36
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In This Issue
APD External Review
Legislative Priorities
Transition Announcements

Mayor's Calendar

  • April 24
    Assembly Meeting  
  • April 26
    Alaska Trucking Association State Convention
  • April 27
    Native Youth Olympics & Special Olympics Auction  
  • April 28
  • April 29
    Mayor's Cup Tennis Tournament 
  • May 1
    Older Americans Month Kick-Off & Covenant House Groundbreaking
  • May 3
    Alaska Federal Executives Association Awards
  • May 5
    Bridge Builders & MOA's Unity Gala
  • May 6
  • May 8
    Assembly Meeting
  • May 10
    UAA Seawolf Auction
  • May 11
    Alaska Police Memorial Day
  • May 12
    AFD Open House
  • May 12-19

Mayor's Photo Contest

Please submit your best Anchorage photos to my Facebook Page to be featured in the Newsletter. 

This week's winner is: Roxanne Rocky Risner


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