ACDA’s Executive Director resigns, citing ‘bad faith dealings’ by the city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage Community Development Authority Executive Director Andrew Halcro has resigned, citing “an alarming pattern of bad faith dealings” with the Municipality of Anchorage.
“This morning I submitted my letter of resignation to Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson effective immediately,” said Halcro in a press release from the ACDA.
In the resignation letter, obtained by Alaska’s News Source via a public records request, Halcro details several months of grievances that led to the decision.
The letter claims the MOA “threw a wrench” into the ACDA’s transit center project last week, jeopardizing the $50 million development, failed to fulfill a promise to deliver $5.7 million to ACDA in exchange for its equity in the Anchorage Police Department’s headquarters building and acted to remove Terry Parks as the ACDA chair.
Halcro called Parks’ removal the final straw.
“Mayor you personally instructed your staff to call me before removing Terry to ensure there would be no disruption to the organization,” he wrote. “If they would have called me I would have said my agency is in the most difficult stretch of its history and Terry has been my best advisor in trying to navigate declining parking revenues and the costly broken promises from your staff. But they didn’t bother to call me. Instead I found out Terry had been removed from the board by…Terry. This means I have been robbed of my key advisor and ACDA has been robbed of a valuable board member. Where is the accountability for any of this behavior?”
The letter implied the acting mayor was unaware of the issues until recently.
“Mayor I cannot thank you enough for dedicating the last three weeks to meeting with myself and our board of directors to explore solutions. Once you became aware of our dire situation you jumped in to help and have always been available. I can’t thank you enough because before you entered into the conversation we had spent eight months hearing empty promises from your staff,” Halcro’s letter states.
Halcro concluded, “I can no longer lead ACDA when the people I report to have proven themselves to be destructive and untrustworthy.”
Quinn-Davidson declined multiple interview requests from Alaska’s News Source, but released a prepared statement on Friday afternoon
“Over the last year, ACDA has been hit hard by the economic impacts of the pandemic. With fewer tourists visiting and fewer residents parking downtown, the Authority has unfortunately experienced a dramatic decline in revenue,” she said. “My team has worked closely with Mr. Halcro and ACDA to address its financial challenges, and we were making progress together despite challenging circumstances.”
Quinn-Davidson, while not mentioning Parks by name, said that changes to boards have been made to better reflect “the diversity of our community.”
“The board change that Mr. Halcro references in his resignation letter came as part of this larger effort,” Quinn-Davidson added.
Halcro declined to comment further when asked by Alaska’s News Source on Friday.
Melinda Gant, a spokesperson for ACDA, released a prepared statement later in the afternoon. She said Halcro’s resignation was “unexpected” but claimed that he was already set to resign in June.
According to Halcro’s biography on the ACDA website, “For the last thirty years Andrew Halcro has managed extensively, including roles as the CEO of Avis Rent a Car of Alaska, and most recently as the President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.”
Halcro was a former state representative, representing District 12 from 1999 to 2002. Halcro ran to be Alaska’s governor in 2006 as an independent candidate but lost to Republican Sarah Palin.
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