Anchorage Mayor Resigns After Admitting to ‘Inappropriate’ Relationship With TV Anchor
Ms. Athens, 41, is the primary anchor for 2 shops, KTBY and KYUR, which broadcast on-line as Your Alaska Link. Invoice Fielder, the station proprietor, stated the video Ms. Athens posted had not been accredited. He has demanded that she take away references to the information shops.
“We had no information of it prematurely of her posting it,” Mr. Fielder stated.
Ms. Athens was arrested on Friday after a bodily altercation together with her boss on the station, in line with local news reports, not lengthy after her video was posted to Fb. She was charged with misdemeanor assault, felony mischief and disorderly conduct and launched over the weekend on bail.
Mr. Fielder declined to debate what led as much as the arrest however stated that Ms. Athens was not with the corporate, efficient Monday.
Mr. Berkowitz, a former Alaska state consultant who served eight years as minority chief, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 towards longtime Consultant Don Younger and for governor in 2010. He was elected mayor in 2015.
Mr. Berkowitz was re-elected in 2018 by a large margin. However in latest weeks, he has confronted upheaval from some residents over the town’s efforts to manage the coronavirus, together with a masks mandate, capability limitations at eating places and prohibitions towards massive gatherings. Alaska has recorded some of its highest coronavirus numbers in latest days.
Below the town’s code, the chair of the Anchorage Meeting is in line to take over duties as mayor after Mr. Berkowitz’s departure. That place is at the moment held by Felix Rivera, however it’s doable the Meeting might vote to reorganize to put another person within the place. Town could then have a particular election, or wait till the brand new mayoral election scheduled for April. Mr. Berkowitz was not in a position to search re-election due to time period limits.
The Meeting stated in a press release earlier than Mr. Berkowitz’s resignation that it had been knowledgeable on Monday of the “improper and distasteful actions taken by our mayor.” It stated the authorities had discovered no proof of criminality on the a part of the mayor however famous his admission of a “consensual but inappropriate” relationship with Ms. Athens.
“We’re disenchanted and disheartened by this information,” it stated.