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Anchorage Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein steps down

Katie Medred

According to a press release, Anchorage Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein has resigned. Gruenstein was responsible for the supervision of the controversial April 3 elections.

In Gruenstein’s resignation letter, she says she recognizes that, due to the April 3 election problems, doubt about her effectiveness was roused within the Anchorage Assembly. Gruenstein writes:

I understand clearly that I serve at the pleasure of the Assembly and I offer to step down.

She adds:

The greatest legacy I leave will be tested later this year or next as you reapportion following the State’s final reapportionment. With the Charter Amendment of 2007, when you reapportion Assembly seats using the new State precincts as building blocks, there should no longer be split precincts with more than one Assembly race in any precinct. Simplifying the election ballot will serve the public well... We have laid a good ground work for the implementation later this year of City View.

Gruenstein has offered to stay on the job until the end of June. She cited a desire for a smooth transition to her successor as the reason.

Gruenstein's resignation comes on the heels of Deputy Clerk Jacqueline Duke’s dismissal. Duke, a key player in overseeing the flawed election, was the first person to be let go over the entanglement.

A copy of the letter is attached.

Contact Katie Medred at Katie@alaskadispatch.com