Governor Dunleavy Announces More Appointments to His Administration
By MARY KAUFFMAN
December 05, 2018
Governor Dunleavy stated in a news release, “Combining talented managers from the private sector with public servants with years of experience means Alaskans will see a more holistic approach to law enforcement and corrections. The team will be laser focused on restoring law and order in Alaska, which was one of the primary motivators for me running for governor. “
Kevin Clarkson, Attorney General: Clarkson is an attorney in private practice at Brena, Bell & Clarkson, P.C. Throughout his legal career, Clarkson has specialized in state and federal litigation at the administrative, pretrial, trial, and appellate levels regarding civil litigation, business and construction matters, contracts, and others. Clarkson was admitted to Super Lawyers in 2014-2017, a distinction held by no more than five percent of Alaska attorneys and he is “A” rated with Martindale -Hubbell. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University, and a law degree from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore.
Deputy Attorney General, Civil Division, Treg Taylor: Taylor is currently senior corporate counsel for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), an Alaska Native Corporation. He specializes in negotiating, drafting and finalizing contracts, as well as creating confidentiality agreements. Prior to his work at ASRC, he worked as an attorney at McKinley Capital Management. Taylor is also a commissioner for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Brigham Young University.
Amanda Price, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS): Price is a well-known victims’ advocate and leader. She last served as Governor Bill Walker’s senior advisor on violent crime response and prevention, and as the executive director of Standing Together Against Rape, or STAR. She also led the American Heart Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Alaska chapters. Price studied biological science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Deputy Commissioner Michael Duxbury: Duxbury is currently the captain of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and State-wide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU). He supervises 55 commissioned investigators and civilians deployed across Alaska and supervised the daily enforcement of illicit drug trafficking networks. Duxbury has been with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for 28 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Strayer University and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy.
Director of the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers Colonel Doug Massie: Massey has 21 years of combined experience as a police officer, Alaska State Trooper, field training officer, and first line supervisor in the department of Public Safety. He has been a leader in the Public Safety Employees Association for 13 years, negotiating four contracts for the Public Safety Officers Unit. He holds a law enforcement certificate from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Major Andy Greenstreet: Greenstreet is the acting director of the Division of the Alaska State Troopers. He has worked public safety assignments in Alaska for almost 25 years, including rural and urban posts. He is a graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Law Enforcement Training Program, and the FBI Academy in Virginia.
Nancy Dahlstrom, Commissioner of the Department of Corrections (DOC): Dahlstrom is a former state legislator with years of experience in building and managing effective teams. Currently, Dahlstrom is a consultant for WEKA, a security, personal safety, and secure transport provider. Dahlstrom was recently reelected to the legislature, a position she will resign in order to serve the Department of Corrections (DOC). Dahlstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Wayland Baptist University, and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of LaVerne.
Deputy Commissioner Leitoni Tupou: Tupou is currently the director of the Division of Institutions, where he supervises all adult correctional superintendents and program coordinators within the Department of Corrections. He has been employed for 18 years with the DOC, four in the commissioner’s office. Tupou holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University of Hawaii.
Deputy Commissioner Dan Carothers: Carothers has 28 years of experience in Alaska corrections, including a correctional superintendent, probation officer, and correctional officer. He also owns Alaska Polygraph, LLC, and is certified as a polygraph professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in police science from George Mason University.
Doug Vincent-Lang as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game: Monday, Governor Mike Dunleavy appointed Vincent-Lang. Quoting a news release, the Governor believes it is important that someone is in the position to manage the Department while the Joint Boards of Fish and Game go through their process of nominating potential Commissioners. "The Governor respects that process and looks forward to the recommendations from the Joint Meeting of the Board of Fish and the Board of Game."
Vincent-Lang is a veteran of the department with more than three decades of experience in wildlife research and management. He previously served as Division Director for Wildlife Management, Special Assistant and Assistant Director to the Division of Sport Fish, and as a research biologist.
Commissioner Vincent-Lang earned a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a M.S. degree in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Other appointments since Governor Dunleavy's election on Nov. 6th include:
Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Tamika Ledbetter. Ledbetter worked for the state for 11 years. She previously worked for Maximus/Alaska Works in Wasilla. Ledbetter is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Commissioner of Administration Jonathan Quick: Quick worked as the chief of staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce.
Adam Crum Commissioner of Health and Social Services: Crum is the executive vice president for Northern Industrial Training (NIT), LLC.
Director of Office of Management and Budget Donna Arduin: Arduin is the president of Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, LLC.
Commissioner of Environmental Conservation Jason Brune: Brune most recently worked for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) as the senior director of land and resources.
Commissioner of Revenue Bruce Tangeman: Tangeman worked as policy director for the Republican Alaska Senate Majority since 2017. He served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, Chief Financial Officer for Doyon Utilities and Corporate Budget Officer for Alaska Railroad Corporation.
Julie Anderson Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development: Anderson served as the principal at Denali Management Solutions. Anderson previously worked as the general manager for the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. She previously served on the Doyon Foundation board of directors, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Alyeska Pipeline’s Alaska Native Advisory Board.
Dr. Michael Johnson Commissioner of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Governor Dunleavy chose to retain Dr. Johnson as the Commissioner of Education. Dr. Johnson was appointed Commission on on June 17, 2016 by Former-Governor Bill Walker. Johnson was previously the superintendent of the Copper River School District.
Governor Dunleavy's first appointments were announced shortly after his election last month:
Chief of Staff Tuckerman Babcock: Babcock was the Alaska Republican Party chairman and headed Dunleavy's transition team.
Senior Policy Advisor Brett Huber: Huber managed Dunleavy's campaign and appointed as senior policy advisor in the transition.
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