New Gov. Dunleavy fills out his leadership team
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named his new leadership team, most with a strong conservative focus but also naming an unusual number of women to cabinet positions. Donna Arduin was appointed Nov. 26 as budget director, heading the Office of Management and Budget. Arduin is well-known in national conservative circles and has advised several Republican governors.
Feige at Natural Resources; MacKinnon at DOTPF; Tangeman at Revenue
Dunleavy appointed Corri Feige as Commissioner of Natural Resources and John MacKinnon as Commissioner of Transportation and Public Facilities. Feige was a past director of the state Division of Oil and Gas Division. MacKinnon, until recently head of the Associated General Contractors’ Alaska chapter, was a former deputy commissioner at the state transportation department, which he will now lead. MacKinnon is interested in getting DOTPF refocused on infrastructure projects, we understand.
Quick at Administration, Crum at H&SS; Brune at Environmental Conservation
Jonathan Quick, chief of staff to Kenai Borough mayor Charlie Pierce, will be Commissioner of Administration; Adam Crum, a vice president of Northern Industrial Training is Commissioner of Health and Social Services; Crum alrready has a firestorm on his hands with key medical doctors at the state’s Alaska Psychiatric Institute being fired by the new administration. Alaska faces a serious problem in behavioral health services and API is already understaffed. Jason Brune, Cook Inlet Region, Inc.’s director of land and resources, will be Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. Brune is well known and regarded in the state’s resource industry community. He has a knowledge of the state’s diversified economy as former director of the Resource Development Council and also experience in the minerals industry with Anglo American, a mining company, and Cook Inlet Region, an Alaska Native regional corporation.
Clarkson is AG; Price at Public Safety; Dahlstrom at Corrections
Kevin Clarkson, an Anchorage attorney in Brena, Bell & Clarkson, is appointed Attorney General. Clarkson’s practice has mainly been in commercial law but he has been active in litigation over religious issues. Amada Price, a crime victims’ right advocate, is Commissioner of Public Safety; Nancy Dahlstrom, a former Republican legislator recently elected to the state House, will be Commissioner of Corrections.
Ledbetter at Labor; Anderson at Commerce and Economic Development
Tamika Ledbetter, a long-time labor department manager, is the new Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development; Julie Anderson, an Anchorage business consultant, will head the Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
Conservative activists Price, Demboski in governor’s office
Jeremy Price, who headed the Alaska chapter of the conservative political group Americans for Prosperity, is Deputy Chief of Staff, working under Chief of Staff Tuckerman Babcock. Former Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, will also be Deputy Chief of Staff. Known as a conservative firebrand, Demboski represented the Chugiak area north of the main city area.