Anchorage mayor announces departure of two key figures

Municipal Attorney Becky Windt Pearson speaks about the need to renew a disaster declaration shortly after the Nov. 30 earthquake.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two prominent members of the Berkowitz, administration will be leaving the mayor's office in the coming months, the mayor announced in a press release today.

They are Municipal Attorney Rebecca Windt Pearson and Chief of Staff Ona Brause.

Berkowitz praised Windt Pearson for overseeing the nearly $1 billion sale of Municipal Light & Power to Chugach Electric while overseeing 45 attorneys and their support staff. Pearson also oversaw a legal battle that was ultimately lost by the city over a religious women's refusal of a transgender woman and successfully advocated for a plan to make a fund to clean up nuisance properties in Anchorage. Windt Pearson served in her position since 2017 and will become General Counsel for GCI beginning on Feb. 1.

According to the mayor's office, Deputy Municipal Attorney Dee Ennis will serve as acting Municipal Attorney beginning on Feb. 1.

Chief of Staff Ona Brause will depart in January of 2020 after serving in the mayor's office for four and a half years. Berkowitz also commended Brause for her role in the ML&P-Chugach Electric merger and for her work on energy efficiency, resilience, homelessness, intergovernmental affairs, and revenue diversification.

Brause will be replaced by Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Bockenstedt in January.

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