Governor Dunleavy Announces Senior Staff Changes
Babcock to Assume Role of Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs, Stevens Named Chief of Staff
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced changes to his senior staff: Tuckerman Babcock will assume the role of Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs and Ben Stevens will become the Governor’s new Chief of Staff.
“It’s been a privilege to have Tuckerman Babcock serve as my Chief of Staff, and I’m grateful for his continued service and commitment to the State of Alaska,” said Governor Dunleavy. “I’m confident that both Ben and Tuckerman’s leadership will continue to help us carry out this administration’s goals and agenda.”
Babcock, who has served as Chief of Staff since the Dunleavy administration took office in December, says he looks forward to serving in his new role.
“I’m excited to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs,” said Tuckerman Babcock. “This is a move I requested of the Governor; which allows me to concentrate on the areas I can best serve the Governor’s agenda. This will be a smooth internal transition. I have enjoyed working with Ben these past eight months and know he is more than qualified to serve as Chief of Staff to Governor Dunleavy.”
Ben Stevens has had a strong career in Alaska politics. Stevens was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles to the Alaska State Senate in August 2001. Stevens went on to serve as Alaska Senate Majority Leader and later Senate President.
“I’m honored that the Governor would ask me to serve as his Chief of Staff.” said Stevens. “I appreciate the leadership Tuckerman has shown since the transition and I look forward to continue working with him as we move the Governor’s agenda forward.”
Staff changes were announced during a meeting of the Governor’s Cabinet and staff.
photo caption: From left to right: Tuckerman Babcock, Governor Dunleavy, and Ben Stevens.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.