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Governor Parnell Makes Local Boundary Commission Appointments


September 10, 2009, ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today appointed John Harrington and Larry Semmens to the Local Boundary Commission.

The five-member commission acts on petitions for incorporation, dissolution, merger and consolidation of cities and boroughs, for detachment from cities and boroughs, and for reclassification of cities. The statewide commission also prepares studies of local government boundary problems.

Harrington, of Ketchikan, is a real estate manager and previously worked as an adult education coordinator in Ketchikan from 1985-97, and as a special education teacher and administrator in Washington from 1972-84. He has served on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly since 2005 and currently chairs the borough's Planning Liaison and Economic Development Advisory Committee. His community service includes chairing the North Tongass Fire and EMS Service Area Board from 2002-05, serving on the Ketchikan Charter Commission from 2003-04, and serving as an elected member of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough school board from 1988-94. Harrington earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and history from Western Washington University and a master's degree in educational administration from Seattle University. He was appointed to a seat representing the First Judicial District, which covers Southeast Alaska.

Semmens, of Kenai, is a certified public accountant and the manager of the City of Soldotna. Previously, he was the finance director for the City of Kenai from 1996-2008. He also served the Kenai Peninsula Borough as finance director from 1995-96, controller from 1988-95, and treasury manager from 1981-88. Semmens is the current chair of the Alaska Public Entities Insurance Pool, and a member of the Alaska Government Finance Officers Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the International City Managers Association. He was recently reappointed to the Alaska Municipal League Investment Pool Board. Semmens served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-76 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Boise State University. He was appointed to a seat representing the state's Third Judicial District, which covers Southcentral Alaska.

Posted Sept. 10, 2009
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