Assembly Boards and Commissions
The Board of Ethics is a five-member board appointed by the Mayor, approved by the Assembly, and staffed by the Municipal Clerk. The duties of the Board of Ethics are derived from the Municipal Code of Ethics (AMC 1.15). The purpose of the Ethics Code is to set clear and reasonable standards for public officials and employees of the Municipality. The Board of Ethics promotes an understanding of these standards by providing advisory opinions, investigating notifications of potential violation, resolving potential conflicts, reviewing disclosure forms, and developing Ethics Training. The Board of Ethics holds regular meetings monthly and special meetings as needed.
The Board of Adjustment is a three-member board appointed by the Mayor, approved by the Assembly, and staffed by the Municipal Clerk. The Board of Adjustment decides appeals from decisions made by lower administrative bodies including the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Platting Board, and the Urban Design Commission regarding plats, conditional land uses, and site plan variances. The appeal is based solely on the record established before the lower administrative body. The Board of Adjustment meets as required.
The Board of Equalization is comprised of private citizens appointed and approved by the Anchorage Assembly to hear valuation appeals brought forward by property owners. This adjudicatory board hears arguments on appealed property assessments to determine fair and equitable resolution of appeals. While the Board of Equalization is not part of the Municipal Assessor's Office, the Assessor's Office provides staff support to the Board of Equalization. The Board of Equalization meets as needed.
The Salaries and Emoluments Commission is a five-member commission appointed by the Mayor, approved by the Assembly, and staffed by the Municipal Clerk. The Salaries and Emoluments Commission establishes the salaries, benefits, and allowances for the Mayor, Assemblymembers, Anchorage School Board members, and the board directors of the Municipal Light & Power and Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utilities. The Municipal Home Rule Charter provides for the appointment of this commission and sets out its duties. The Salaries and Emoluments Commission meets at least once every two years.
The Election Commission is a six-member commission appointed by the Mayor, approved by the Assembly, and staffed by the Municipal Clerk. The Election Commission provides advice on the conduct of local elections, recommends changes to local law relating to elections, serves as the Canvass Board, investigates allegations of election misconduct, and reviews all questioned and absentee ballots. The Election Commission meets once a year to organize. Additional meetings of this commission are held at the call of the Assembly, Municipal Clerk, or the Commission Chair.