Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson filed a lawsuit against the Anchorage Assembly in Alaska Superior Court on Dec. 10 in order to clarify that he has the right to fire members of his own executive team without Assembly interference.

Clifford Armstrong III

In particular, the suit addresses whether the conservative mayor has legal authority to replace key employees such as the controversial chief equity officer, which the left-leaning Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson hired with Assembly approval before Bronson assumed office.

In October, Bronson named Uluao “Junior” Aumavae as the city’s new chief equity officer. He replaced Clifford Armstrong III who was hired in April by Quinn-Davidson to track and enforce the city’s so-called “equity agenda by promoting and highlighting LGBTQ+ residents, communities of color, the disabled, immigrants and refugees. The equity officer was tasked with developing “equity programs,” and establishing “equity data targets” to address alleged “systemic disparities,” which could then be addressed through enforcement.

According to city charter, however, executive appointees serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The Assembly attempted to override this authority by creating the equity officer position with a provision that the person could only be fired “for cause shown, and only with concurrence of a majority of the Assembly.”

Bronson is asking the court to declare that such limitations are invalid because the city charter explicitly states that he has the right to dismiss, demote or suspend any executive level employee, including the chief equity officer, without cause.

Bronson’s suit says the Assembly’s action violates both the Alaska Constitution and the city charter by “breaching the principles of the separations of powers doctrine and infringing on functions exclusively delegated to the executive branch.”

“Despite repeated attempts to resolve this matter without the need for litigation, recently Assembly Member actions show that judicial intervention is the only option,” Bronson’s office said in a Dec. 10 statement. “Like other executive mayoral appointees, the Chief Equity Officer can be dismissed at will for any reason or no reason at all. Attempts by the Assembly to insulate previous administration’s mayoral executive appointees with ‘for cause’ limitations and durational term limits clearly violate the Charter and Constitutional separation of powers doctrine.”

Bronson accused Assembly members of “exceeding their authority” by attempting to “take power from the Executive Branch and control personnel matters, which are clearly an administrative function. I will not cede the authority of the executive branch to the legislative branch; the Assembly does not control both branches of government.”

Bronson and the Assembly have been at odds over numerous mayoral appointments with the far-left majority on the Assembly blocking many of his key picks.

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Mayor sues Anchorage Assembly for attempting to control his executive team

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • John J. Otness says:

    This is such a black and white issue on how the govt power is structured and how the
    left has corrupted the written rule that even the corrupt court will have to rule according to law
    or risk full disclosure of their internal beliefs . Its all coming to a head where the spotlight will
    be shown on the treasonous to our State and Nation. I salute you Mayor Bronson, GOD Bless
    and keep you and. yours.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    The assembly sure seem to be a predominantly vindictive group holding complete disregard for serving those whom elected them. Appears to be all about their own power and self importance and thwarting any shred of division of powers or even rule of law. I truly hope and pray voters are paying attention and recognizing the antics.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Let’s go Brandon
    The assembly is a group of cry babies I’m going to go home and tell my mommy on you.

  • Sally Pollen says:

    Oh, my gosh, I just love that picture of Mayor Bronson! He’s ready to rumble and he ain’t backing down. He knows boundaries and he’s going to enforce them. Let’s hope the courts will be fair.

  • kris spencer says:

    The position itself is certainly questionable as Austin-Quinn was not an ELECTED mayor. She only held the office temporarily until the next proper election. And, of course, the Assembly is using the position as a weapon, and we know this b/c they wanted to try to make it impossible to do away with such a position. Now that they have such a position, what does it matter to them who holds it? Every executive has the right to appoint his team including that of the ‘equity officer’. I applaud the Mayor for taking all the options at his disposal to deal with the issue. Seeing that the Leftist members are not willing to work with him, or even recognize his right to pick a person of his choosing for the position…he had no other choice.

  • Penny Seliger says:

    Go Mayor Bronson!

  • jh says:

    Mayor Bronson is our strong Mayor, and the lunatic leftist city council are finding out they cannot bully this man.
    The mayor is the chief executive officer, centralizing executive power.
    The mayor directs the administrative structure, appointing and removing of department heads.
    While the council has legislative power, the mayor has VETO power.
    It is so good to see this Mayor put these lunatics in their place!
    Good job Mayor Bronson! Thank you for standing up to these lunatics!
    Would love to see a brand-new city council – the hateful tyrants we have now, really need to go!
    Let’s work on that…..

    • Vonda Sanders says:

      I dont live in Anchorage anymore (Palmer) but my son and grandsons do. I totally agree with you!. I miss the old Anchoage. They need to go!!

  • John J Otness says:


  • Theresa says:

    Excellent news!

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  • hj says: