Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan reflects on his legacy
A cleaner, safer and stronger city — that’s the legacy Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he hopes to leave behind as he prepares to hand over the keys to the next mayor this week.
Sullivan updated the public on the state of the city at the Make it Monday forum. He told the crowd he’s most proud of his administration for reducing spending by $100 million and creating a sustainable budget.
He also said major crimes — except for forcible rapes — are down across the city. His one regret: not implementing a controversial multimillion-dollar software upgrade (SAP) for emergency dispatch systems.
“The SAP operating implementation of this city is still ongoing, taking longer, costing more, but in talking with other mayors that have implemented, they say it’s been the same in every city,” Sullivan said.
It’s an issue incoming Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz will have on his plate.
Berkowitz spent Monday afternoon meeting with Anchorage Assembly members and his administration at a luncheon at City Hall. Absent from the luncheon — current Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew. Berkowitz hasn’t said whether he’ll keep Mew as chief.
“I’m going to be working with the police chief, Chief Mew or whoever it is in the future. It’s not about an individual, it’s about a force, a mentality, we’re going to make sure the people of Anchorage are as safe as they could possibly be,” Berkowitz explained.
Berkowitz will be sworn in at an inaugural ceremony on Wednesday.
Sullivan says he has no plans after leaving office, as he wants to spend time with his family.
His advice for the next mayor: “Don’t screw it up.”
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