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Legal Department

Department of Law

Chief legal counsel to the MOA including the Mayor, and all executive, departments, agencies, boards and commissions. Supervise and control all civil and criminal legal services performed by the department and contract counsel for MOA.

Civil Law

Provide legal counsel, support, and advice on specific legislation, the Municipal Code, Charter, legislative procedures, the responsibilities and authority of the Municipality; represent the Municipality and its officials and employees in civil litigation.

The Civil Division also handles impounded vehicles.

Criminal Law (Prosecution)

Prosecute misdemeanor and traffic offenses under the Anchorage Municipal Code. Includes aiding police investigation, evaluating and filing charges, conducting criminal trials, enforcing conditions of probation, motions and appeals, and assisting victims.

Administrative Hearing Office (AHO)

Provide for the adjudication of certain Municipal Code violations and conduct hearings on certain appeals of administrative actions of Municipal Agencies within the scope of its jurisdiction established by the code.

Anchorage Municipal Charter, Code and Regulation

Municipality of Anchorage Law School Student Intern Program

Historical Charter Commission

select tab 1975 for Charter Commission transcript & audio

select tab 1979 for Charter Commission Review transcript & audio

Municipal Attorneys

William D. Falsey                 2015-

Dennis A. Wheeler               2009-2015

James N. Reeves                 2006-2009

Frederick H. Boness             2003-2006

William A. Greene                 2000-2003 

Mary K. Hughes                    1995-2000

Richard L. McVeigh               1990-1995

Richard D. Kibby                    1987-1990

Jerry Wertzbaugher               1981-1987

Theodore D. Berns                1978-1981

Richard W. Garnett III            1975-1978

Greater Anchorage Area Borough Attorneys

Garry Thurlow                        1973-1975

Sheila Gallagher                    1969-1973

Victor Carlson                        1966-1969

    • Legal Department
    • Municipal Attorney: William D. Falsey
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4545