List of mayors of Juneau, Alaska

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Incumbent mayor Beth Weldon speaks in front of the Alaska State Capitol in July 2019.

Juneau, Alaska, presently incorporated as a unified home rule municipality called the City and Borough of Juneau, was designated the capital of Alaska on June 6, 1900. The organic act passed by the U.S. Congress which established Juneau as the capital also allowed Alaskan communities to incorporate for the first time. Sitka and Nome both established "provisional governments" prior to this; Juneau did not follow suit, but did provide limited public services prior to incorporation, such as fire protection and school instruction.

Following the passage of the organic act, Juneau's incorporation petition was certified and the first election of officials occurred on June 29, 1900. Douglas, located a short distance southwest of Juneau across Gastineau Channel, followed suit by incorporating on March 29, 1902. Twenty-eight individuals served as the Mayor of Juneau, Alaska, including three acting mayors, while another twenty-five individuals served as mayor of Douglas, Alaska.

The Greater Juneau Borough was incorporated in October 1963, established by an act of the state legislature earlier that year (Chapter 52, Session Laws of Alaska 1963) which required the most populous election districts in the state to incorporate as boroughs by January 1, 1964. The borough, the first to incorporate as a first-class borough, encompassed the two incorporated cities, several surrounding suburbs and smaller settlements on both sides of Gastineau Channel and along Lynn Canal, plus thousands of square miles of surrounding wilderness. Several years after the borough's incorporation, the legislature passed a bill allowing for boroughs and cities to unify (or merge). Several years after that, Juneau, Douglas and the borough unified to form the current municipality, which incorporated on July 1, 1970. As of the office's last election in 2018, sixteen people have served as mayor of Juneau under this government.

Mayors of the City of Juneau, Alaska (1900–1970)[edit]

Juneau was incorporated on June 29, 1900, and was a home rule city prior to unification.[1]

No. Image Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office
Acting John Maloney
(1857–c. 1918)
1900 1900
1 Arthur K. Delaney.png Arthur Delaney
(1841–1905)
1900 1901
2 George Forrest
(c. 1870–[?])
1901 1902
3 O. H. Adsit
(1855–1909)
1902 1904
(2) George Forrest
(c. 1870–[?])
1904 1905
4 John Maloney
(1857–c. 1918)
1905 1906
5 Herman Tripp
(1859–1939)
1906 1907
(2) George Forrest
(c. 1870–[?])
1907 1908
6 Emery Valentine.jpg Emery Valentine
(1858–1930)
1908 1912
7 Harry Bishop
(c. 1869–1920)
1912 1913
8 Charles Carter
(1870–1961)
1913 1914
9 John Reck.jpg John Reck
(1865–c. 1950)
1914 1916
10 Benjamin D. Stewart
(1878–1976)
1916 1917
(6) Emery Valentine.jpg Emery Valentine
(1858–1930)
1917 1919
11 J. Latimer Gray 1919 1920
12 Ralph E. Robertson.jpg R. E. Robertson
(1885–1961)
1920 1923
13 Isadore Goldstein
(1883–1959)
1923 1925
14 J. J. Connors
(1876–1951)
1925 1927
15 Thomas Judson
(1882–1938)
1927 1933
(13) Isadore Goldstein
(1883–1959)
1933 1937
(15) Thomas Judson
(1882–1938)
1937 1938
16 Harry Lucas
(1890–1949)
1938 1944
17 A. B. Hayes 1944 1945
18 Ernest Parsons 1945 1946
19 Waino Hendrickson.png Waino Hendrickson
(1896–1983)
1946 1953
20 Bert McDowell
(1904–c. 1975)
1953 1955
21 M. L. "Molly" MacSpadden
(1903–1961)
1955 1959
22 Lauris Parker
(1918–2003)
1959 1961
Acting J. Wayne Johnson 1961 1961
Acting A. W. Boddy
(c. 1909–1987)
1961 1961
(22) Lauris Parker
(1918–2003)
1961 1967
23 Timothy O'Day 1967 1967
24 Joseph George 1967 1969
25 Joseph McLean
(1917–2012)
1969 1970

Mayors of the City of Douglas, Alaska (1902–1970)[edit]

Douglas was incorporated on March 29, 1902, and was also a home rule city prior to unification..[2]

No. Image Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office
1 Charles Hopp 1902 1903
2 Frank Bach 1903 1904
(1) Charles Hopp 1904 1905
3 William Stubbins 1905 1907
4 M. S. Hudson 1907 1908
5 M. J. O'Connor 1908 1912
(3) William Stubbins 1912 1913
(5) M. J. O'Connor 1913 1915
6 Peter Johnson 1915 1916
(5) M. J. O'Connor 1916 1917
7 Elmer Smith 1917 1920
8 F. A. J. Gallwas 1920 1921
9 James Cristae 1921 1923
(8) F. A. J. Gallwas 1923 1925
10 J. O. Kirkham 1925 1926
11 Neis Anderson 1926 1928?
12 J. R. Guerin 1928 1929
13 L. W. Kilburn 1929 1932
14 John Feusi 1932 1933
15 Guy Smith 1933 1934
16 Albert Goetz 1934 1937
(13) L. W. Kilburn 1937 1941
17 Robert Bonner, Jr. 1941 1942
18 Erwin Hachmiester 1942 1943
19 Elton Engstrom
(1905–1963)
1943 1944
20 James Parsons 1944 1945
21 Marcus Jensen
(1908–2001)
1945 1947
22 Mike Pusich
(1896–1953)
1947 1953
23 William Boehl
(1914–2000)
1953 1961
(21) Marcus Jensen
(1908–2001)
1961 1964
24 Guy Russo
(1921–2006)
1964 1969
25 Robert Savikko
(1927–1972)
1969 1970

Mayors of the Greater Juneau Borough, Alaska (1963–1970)[edit]

No. Image Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office
1 Claude Millsap, Jr.
(1920–)
1963 1967
2 Myrton R. Charney
(1931–2013)
1967 1970

Mayors of the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska (1970–present)[edit]

No. Image Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office
1 Joseph McLean
(1917–2012)
1970 1973
2 William A. Macomber 1973 October 7, 1975
3 Virginia Kline October 7, 1975 1976
4 William D. "Bill" Overstreet
(1926–2013)
1976 1983
5 Fran Ulmer cropped.jpg Fran Ulmer
(1947–)
1983 1985
6 Ernest Polley
(c. 1937–1997)
October 14, 1985 October 10, 1988
7 Bruce Botelho 396.jpg Bruce Botelho
(1948–)
October 10, 1988 October 14, 1991
8 Jamie Parsons
(1941–2015)
October 14, 1991 October 10, 1994
9 Byron Mallott (cropped).jpg Byron Mallott
(1943–2020)
October 10, 1994 1995
10 Dennis Egan (cropped).jpg Dennis Egan
(1947–)
1995 October 9, 2000
11 Sally Smith.jpg Sally Smith
(1945–)
October 9, 2000 October 20, 2003
(7) Bruce Botelho 396.jpg Bruce Botelho
(1948–)
October 20, 2003 October 11, 2012
12 Merrill Sanford
(1947–)
October 11, 2012 October 20, 2015
13 Greg Fisk
(1945–2015)
October 20, 2015 November 30, 2015[3]
14 Mary Becker (acting)
November 30, 2015 March 28, 2016
15 Ken Koelsch (cropped).jpg Ken Koelsch
(c. 1945–)
March 28, 2016[4] October 15, 2018
16 Beth Weldon (cropped).jpg Beth Weldon
(1965–)
October 15, 2018 incumbent[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968 Directory Borough & City Officials". Alaska Local Government. Juneau: Office of the Governor of Alaska, Local Affairs Agency. VI (9): 28. November 1967.
  2. ^ "1968 Directory Borough & City Officials", Alaska Local Government, p. 21
  3. ^ Died in office.
  4. ^ Won special election to fill remainder of Fisk's term.
  5. ^ "Beth Weldon wins mayor's race". 3 October 2018.