The Anchorage Meeting has voted to verify Mayor Dave Bronson’s appointed Well being Division director, Joe Gerace.
The 7-3 vote got here after the Meeting spent a number of hours in govt session, discussing accusations that had been made in opposition to him associated to his habits within the office, together with allegations of sexism towards feminine staff and security issues. The Bronson administration has referred to as the accusations false and an try at character assassination.
Meeting Chair Suzanne LaFrance and members Austin Quinn-Davidson and Felix Rivera voted in opposition to Gerace’s affirmation.
The Meeting at a gathering on Tuesday delayed a affirmation vote due to the newly surfaced accusations.
Bronson appointed Gerace as director of the Anchorage Well being Division in September. Gerace is a former firefighter, paramedic and Pink Cross catastrophe responder. He just lately labored as director of operations for Go to Healthcare, the town’s contractor for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
The Day by day Information obtained a number of of the emails that outlined accusations in opposition to Gerace. Some have been written by individuals who labored with him at Go to Healthcare, one was from an individual who volunteered throughout his time at Pink Cross and one is from an nameless one who stated they at the moment labored on the metropolis Well being Division.
Gerace oversees a employees of about 130 on the well being division and a $14.7 million finances. The division is liable for the town’s COVID-19 response, and performs a significant position within the metropolis’s homelessness efforts, together with overseeing its mass care operations and the shelter at Sullivan Area.
It is a growing story. Examine again for updates.