New Municipal Clerk to be Appointed Tuesday Night
Former ombudsman replaces retiring Barbara Gruenstein
Photo of Barbara Jones at left by Melissa S. Green | Bent Alaska
ANCHORAGE – At Tuesday night’s assembly meeting, municipal ombudsman Barbara Jones is scheduled to be officially appointed as Anchorage’s new municipal clerk, replacing nine-year clerk Barbara Gruenstein. The assembly is also presenting a resolution to Gruenstein for her public service.
Gruenstein announced her retirement on May 22 in the wake of the troubled April 3 municipal election, which also resulted in the firing of Deputy Municipal Clerk Jacqueline Duke.
The new municipal clerk, Barbara Jones, has been municipal ombudsman since January of 2011, first as acting ombudsman. Prior to that, Jones was staff attorney and executive director of and a staff attorney with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission since February of 1999. Jones has also filled in as acting municipal clerk when Gruenstein was absent or unavailable.
Assembly Chair Ernie Hall announced Jones’s impending appointment on May 30. She’ll take the reins from Gruenstein on July 1.