ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Wearing a Hawaiian shirt, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan took the oath of office on Monday in Honolulu.
Sullivan had a previously scheduled family vacation to Hawaii. The city calls for a mayor to be sworn in on July 1 or as soon thereafter as practical. He doesn’t return to Alaska until July 16.
He arranged to have a live video link established between Anchorage City Hall and a lawyer’s office in Honolulu.
An Anchorage judge administered the oath, and Sullivan repeated it in Hawaii. Once that was completed, he donned a lei and then signed forms that were notarized by the Honolulu attorney.
Sullivan signed off the broadcast by saying, “Aloha.”
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City officials defended a planned long-distance swearing in Monday of Anchorage’s mayor, who is vacationing in Hawaii.
A live video link will be set up between Alaska’s largest city and an attorney’s office in Honolulu as Dan Sullivan takes the oath of office for his second term as mayor. A judge in Anchorage will administer the oath in the afternoon proceeding.
Sullivan’s spokeswoman Lindsey Whitt said the swearing-in ceremony coincided with a planned family vacation to Hawaii, where Sullivan’s wife has family. Whitt said she doesn’t know why the family trip was scheduled as it was, given the apparent conflict, only that the vacation window was tight.
“I’m not privy to the personal details of their family trip,” she said.
Whitt said the Anchorage city attorney found that the long-distance oath is in line with the law.
The Honolulu attorney will notarize Sullivan’s signature. But to “cover bases,” Sullivan will sign the oath again when he returns to Alaska, Whitt said.
The video swearing in gives the appearance to some that Sullivan is not taking the proceeding seriously, while supporters may not care one way or another Windows 7 key, said Carl Shepro, a political science professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Shepro, a longtime observer of Alaska politics, said some might see the far-away proceeding as taking voters for granted.
“I guess it’s not in good taste,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s illegal – I doubt that it is – but it isn’t something most other mayors or other officials would do.”
Anchorage Assembly member Chris Birch said he had no problem with the manner chosen. He said teleconferencing is a long-established practice in business and government in the modern world.
“I think it’s great,” he said.