Anchorage planning department director to resign

The director of the Anchorage municipality’s planning department is resigning next month, the mayor’s office said Tuesday.

Michelle McNulty announced her resignation this week, citing personal reasons, said Corey Allen Young, spokesman for Mayor Dave Bronson. McNulty is continuing to work as the planning department director until her resignation goes into effect after Dec. 8, he said. She didn’t respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

McNulty started work for the city as planning department director under the administration of former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz in 2018 and continued in that role when Bronson took office. Adam Trombley, director of the Office of Economic and Community Development, which oversees the planning department, is searching for a new director, Young said.

McNulty’s resignation follows five other resignations of Bronson administration officials in recent weeks. Bronson’s appointed library director, Judy Norton Eledge, resigned from her position last week, although she is staying on as the library’s deputy director.

Last month, four other officials resigned: Craig Campbell, director of policy and programs and, before that, chief of staff; Bob Doehl, director of development services; Dr. John Morris, homelessness coordinator; and Stephanie Williams, boards and commissions director.

Emily Goodykoontz

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