Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz has announced the man he wants to help him steer Anchorage into the future — Mike Abbott will be the next municipal manager.

Abbott has been the chief operating officer for the Anchorage School District since 2009, but has had experience in city politics — Abbott served as former Mayor Mark Begich’s muni manager. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Claremont McKenna College, according to Berkowitz’s office.

Berkowitz says Abbott has already proven his ability and commitment to Anchorage and will make sure the city’s resources are efficiently used.

Abbott will take office July 1 when Berkowitz is sworn into office.

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