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Governor Parnell Announces Transition Approach


Input from Alaskans Encouraged

November 3, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced his approach to transitioning administrations. Seven transition groups will be established to discuss and make recommendations related to improving state agency performance. The governor has also requested the resignation letters from all state commissioners, deputy commissioners and directors.

“I appreciate the trusted service of our commissioners and agency leaders,” Governor Parnell said. “I will be asking some commissioners to continue to serve.  For other agencies, I will be looking for fresh leadership.”

The advisory groups will focus on natural resources; health and education; infrastructure; science, technology and communications; financial services and business investment; public safety and justice; and the military. The public is also encouraged to participate. A website has been established for Alaskans to submit ideas and suggestions. http://gov.alaska.gov/transition2010.html

“As we move into the next four years, I want to hear from Alaskans,” Governor Parnell said. “We want the strongest ideas to emerge – ideas that will take our state forward, create opportunities and strengthen the economy.”

Governor Parnell named Bryan Butcher as transition coordinator. Butcher is the director of government relations and public affairs at the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Transition group leaders will be named in the coming weeks. Governor Parnell is hopeful transition recommendations will be completed in December.

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