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Commissioners, 87 Board Appointments Receive Legislative Approval

Governor Disappointed with Board of Fisheries Confirmation Vote

April 8, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell released the following statement after the Alaska Legislature approved Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dianne Blumer, Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Pat Kemp, and 87 out of 88 board and commission appointees.

“I am very proud of these Alaskans who are clearly dedicated to service,” Governor Parnell said. “They will play an instrumental role in guiding Alaska to a positive future.”

The Legislature voted down the reappointment of Vince Webster to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Governor Parnell phoned Mr. Webster after the vote to personally thank him for volunteering six years of service to the State of Alaska.

“It is disappointing, discouraging and disheartening when bad information or politics prevent a qualified Alaskan from serving our state,” Governor Parnell said. “I appreciate Vince’s willingness to serve these past six years.”

The Legislature’s action requires the governor to make a new appointment to the Board of Fisheries, subject to confirmation by the Legislature.

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