JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Sen. Jim Duncan was appointed deputy commissioner of the state Department of Administration on Thursday.
Duncan served 12 years in the state House and 12 years in the state Senate. He lost a lopsided U.S. House election to Republican incumbent Don Young in 1998.
Duncan has been a special assistant to Administration Commissioner Bob Poe on labor issues since February 1999. He oversaw negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with 12 public employee unions.
Duncan will focus on the divisions of Personnel, Motor Vehicles, General Services, and Risk Management plus the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
Duncan will earn about $78,000 annually.
Duncan will be the department's second deputy commissioner. Alison Elgee will oversee the divisions of Finance, Longevity Programs, Retirement and Benefits, Senior Services, and the Office of Public Advocacy.
Assistant Commissioner David Koivuniemi will move to the job of special assistant for labor relations.
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