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.