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Commissioner Edgar Blatchford Resigns


July 19, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Edgar Blatchford submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Frank H. Murkowski July 18, 2005. The department's Deputy Commissioner Al Clough has been named Acting Commissioner.

The Commissioner's resignation letter cites the events of the last several days, as reflected in a recent newspaper story, as the reason for the resignation.

Acting Commissioner Clough said the resignation is a true loss for the State Of Alaska. "Edgar Blatchford is a man who cares deeply about the state, particularly rural Alaska," said Clough. "He has been tireless in his pursuit for a better life for all Alaskans." Clough has instructed all department directors to continue the good work the department does on a daily basis.

Blatchford was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development in January of 2003. Al Clough was appointed Deputy Commissioner in April of 2003.



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Alaska Department of Commerce


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