Bill Gamble, a seasoned professional and long-time Alaskan, is a candidate for the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, District 5. An Anchorage native, he has spent a significant portion of his life in Alaska, barring his years at college and military service. Bill's distinguished career is underscored by his notable aviation and emergency services achievements. Post-military service, he pursued the Federal Aviation Air Traffic Control Academy. Subsequently, he served the Anchorage Air Traffic Control Center for 26 years, gaining national recognition and contributing to pivotal modernization and safety enhancement initiatives. His dedication to service also took him to Big Lake in 1989, where he became an integral part of the local volunteer fire department.
As he established his roots in Big Lake, Bill's professional journey flourished. He made strides as the first full-time Fire Chief for the West Lakes Fire Department, followed by a promotion to Director of Emergency Services for the Mat-Su Borough, overseeing all Fire, EMS, and Rescue divisions. After his retirement in 2017, he contributed to policy-making and legislative work, assisting several state legislators. Moreover, Bill has made notable contributions to education and community leadership, including volunteering in his children's schools and helping establish one of Mat-Su's first charter schools, the Mid-Night Sun Charter School. As an active Big Lake Community Council member for over a decade, he served thrice as its president. His impressive repertoire also boasts accolades such as the Bob Gross Community Service Award from the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the community he intends to represent.