Fox News reports Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has officially resigned following his admission of what he described as a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship,” with a local television anchor.
Berkowitz, 58, is married.
“It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign as Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” the statement said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
“My resignation results from unacceptable personal conduct that has compromised my ability to perform my duties with the focus and trust that is required.”
“I know my conduct has done great injury to my family, my staff, to Municipal employees, and to the people of our community, and for that, I am deeply sorry,” the statement continued.
“There is a God,” one man yelled.
“I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgment I made several years ago when I had a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with reporter Maria Athens,” Berkowitz wrote in a statement.
“I’m embarrassed and ashamed for the hurt I’ve caused my family and our community. I take responsibility for my actions.”
From Fox News:
A crowd gathered at the meeting erupted into cheers after the announcement was read, until Assembly Chair Felix Rivera called for them to stop.
Berkowitz, 58, on Monday admitted to having the relationship with Maria Athens, who was the anchor/reporter for television stations KTBY and KYUR which operate jointly as Your Alaska Link.
Athens, 41, had posted allegations against Berkowitz on social media Friday, plus a nude photo that she claimed showed the mayor’s backside.
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She was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct later in the day after police said they received a call about an altercation at the news station, the paper reported.
Berkowitz’s office in a separate statement declared her allegations as false.
“The slanderous allegations from Your Alaska Link reporter Maria Athens are categorically false and appear to be the product of someone who is hostile and unwell. We spoke with Ms. Athens’ employer, general manager Scott Centers, who emphatically disavowed his employee’s comments,” the statement said.