Governor-Elect Mike Dunleavy Appoints John MacKinnon as DOT Commissioner
Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy announced his appointment of John MacKinnon as commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT).
John MacKinnon worked as executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska (AGC) from 2008-2018. Before joining AGC, he served as deputy commissioner of Highways and Public Facilities for DOT for five years. As deputy commissioner, he was responsible for day-to-day operations for the state highway program, policy and planning, administration, budget, and legislative relations.
Prior to his service at DOT, MacKinnon worked as the acting city manager during a period of transition for the City and Borough of Juneau. He also served on the Juneau Planning Commission for five years, then the Juneau Assembly for twelve years, the last six as deputy mayor. John’s twenty-four years as a building contractor and other business interests contribute to his experience and knowledge of both private and public sectors.
Mackinnon holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Resource Ecology from Huxley College of Environmental Studies.
“John MacKinnon is a true professional, and an expert at keeping things moving, literally and figuratively,” said Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy. “I have always been impressed by John’s confidence, vision, expertise, and his ability to manage complex systems, all of which will be an asset for DOT.”
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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.