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Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey to leave position Tuesday

File photo of a Channel 2 interview with Bill Falsey in May of 2020.
File photo of a Channel 2 interview with Bill Falsey in May of 2020.(KTUU)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 7:17 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey will leave his role on Tuesday and will be replaced by former General Manager of Municipal Light and Power Anna Henderson, the municipality announced Wednesday.

Falsey has been municipal manager since November 2017 and has filed to run for Anchorage mayor with Alaska Public Offices Commission. Falsey announced his intent to run for mayor in August for the municipal election on April 6, 2021. While candidates can file with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, filing with the municipality doesn’t open until Jan. 15 and will end on Jan. 29.

“Anchorage is facing unprecedented challenges that will be with us for some time—but with committed leadership, we can emerge from this stronger than we began,” Falsey said in a statement when he announced his candidacy in August. “It’s been the honor of a lifetime to help my hometown through crises ranging from earthquakes to pandemics, and to deliver real public-safety, economic-development and quality-of-life improvements for the community.”

In a statement Wednesday, Anchorage Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson thanked Falsey for extending his time in the position of municipal manager several times in order to head the municipality’s COVID-19 emergency response team, facilitate the ML&P sale to Chugach Electric Association and, most recently, assist the acting mayor in stepping into the role after former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz resigned.

“I’m incredibly grateful for Bill’s years of service to the Municipality,” Quinn-Davidson said in a statement. “Bill’s leadership and dedication to Anchorage residents have kept our community safe through multiple emergencies. He also played a major role in the development of critical infrastructure and utilities and managed overall essential service operations seamlessly. Bill is bright, hard-working, and creative. We will all miss him and wish him our very best.”

Henderson will take on the municipal manager position after having worked for the municipality for 14 years, the acting mayor said in a statement. Henderson has been deputy municipal manager since Oct. 30.

“We are so fortunate to be able to draw on Anna’s depth of experience, both in and outside of the Municipality,” Quinn-Davidson said in a statement. “Anna’s background in operations will serve her and Anchorage residents well in this new role. We are thrilled to have her serve our community in this capacity.”

In a statement, the municipality said Henderson served a key role in the ML&P sale and has frequently testified before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in her capacity at ML&P. She is a University of Alaska Anchorage business administration graduate.

The municipal manager has oversight over nine municipal departments including the Anchorage Police Department, Fire Department and Health Department, according to the municipality.

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