Bronson’s decide for well being division director attracts intense questioning from Anchorage Meeting members at affirmation listening to

Mayor Dave Bronson’s selection for Anchorage Well being Division director confronted a litany of questions from Meeting members on Tuesday throughout a affirmation listening to.

Many members have expressed concern over David Morgan, Bronson’s appointed well being division director, as a result of questions over his {qualifications} and feedback he not too long ago made in regards to the pandemic.

Morgan should nonetheless be confirmed by the Meeting throughout a affirmation vote subsequent week. That vote has been expedited following considerations from Meeting members, and members will vote subsequent Tuesday. Morgan wants six affirmative votes to maintain his appointed place.

Meeting members on Tuesday scrutinized Morgan’s views on the coronavirus pandemic, together with questions on his earlier posts on social media.

Member Austin Quinn-Davidson requested a couple of meme Morgan shared on Fb, quoting the submit: “ ‘In the event you suppose the coronavirus panic in an election 12 months proper after three failed coup makes an attempt in opposition to Trump is a coincidence, you is perhaps dumb as a rock,’ — implying that COVID was not actual and was a hoax,” she mentioned. “Are you able to please describe why you posted that and the way you are feeling about that assertion?”

Morgan responded that the submit got here from a comic who sends a joke of the day by electronic mail.

“I didn’t actually imagine that, I simply thought it was humorous,” Morgan mentioned.

“It was his posting for that day, and I didn’t even give it some thought, I didn’t suppose it was that huge a deal, no person believes that — the electoral faculty decides who’s president and President Biden is the president,” Morgan mentioned.

Meeting member Kameron Perez-Verdia requested questions on Morgan’s work historical past.

“To be trustworthy, my inbox has been overwhelmed with emails, of parents emailing me involved about this appointment, and people have included folks that you simply’ve labored with prior to now,” Perez-Verdia mentioned. “And it seems that right here’s quite a lot of examples in your previous the place you’ve left organizations worse off than you’ve discovered them.”

Perez-Verdia then requested Morgan to explain what occurred throughout his time at Decisions, a neighborhood nonprofit, the place he labored as finance director. A report from a former Decisions worker not too long ago circulated on social media describing a detrimental expertise with Morgan on the nonprofit.

When reached by the Every day Information on Monday, Decisions CEO Kim Martinez confirmed that Morgan did work there however declined to remark additional.

Morgan mentioned he left Decisions when the board modified the nonprofit’s CEO.

“I’ve by no means obtained any written documentation of any issues,” Morgan mentioned. “And so, I suppose to sum it up is, I don’t know what they’re speaking about. Interval.”

Meeting member Forrest Dunbar additionally pressed Morgan over his selection to rent Dr. Michael Savitt because the division’s chief medical officer. Savitt’s on-line feedback on a neighborhood conservative web site have criticized Meeting members over pandemic-related shutdowns and masks mandates, and questioned the effectiveness of masks.

Morgan mentioned that he has not seen Savitt’s posts, and mentioned that until they had been “actually, actually on the market” he would in all probability nonetheless have really helpful the mayor rent Savitt.

After the listening to, Meeting Vice Chair Chris Fixed described a few of Morgan’s solutions as “evasive.” Fixed mentioned that members nonetheless have extra questions that they anticipate Morgan to reply in writing earlier than subsequent Tuesday’s vote.

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