Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson has tapped local attorney Mario Bird to serve as city attorney, but he must make it through a Sept. 13 vote in order to officially fill the post. He has been serving in the capacity on an interim basis, awaiting final confirmation.

Mario Bird

The Assembly has a history of denying the conservative mayor’s appointments, but Bird brings an impressive resume to the table.

He demonstrated stellar academics throughout his entire education, including a law degree at Ave Maria School of Law where he graduated with magna cum laude honors in 2011.

He has since worked as a law partner at Ross, Miner & Bird in Anchorage, and most recently established his own practice in which he has addressed civil, constitutional, criminal and family law.

Bird is admitted to the Alaska Bar, U.S. District Court for Alaska, 9th Circuit federal court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

His colleagues describe him as a thoughtful, knowledgeable and skilled attorney who possesses the common sense, charity, wit and good humor needed to be an effective attorney.

As a longtime Alaskan, dedicated family man, highly engaged member of his church and local community, it is hard to imagine a more suitable pick for municipal attorney.

This is a golden opportunity for the Assembly to bury the hatchet – or at least stow it away for the evening – and confirm a stellar nominee.


— Click here to contact members of the Anchorage Assembly.

— Click here to read Mario Bird’s resume.

— Click here to read Bird’s letters of recommendation.

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OPINION: Anchorage Assembly should amicably confirm mayor’s pick for city attorney

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.