Parnell asks for resignations from commissioners, officials

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010

Gov. Sean Parnell, elected to his own four-year term in the Nov. 2 state general election, has asked for letters of resignations from all of his commissioners, deputy commissioners and division directors who are appointed, Parnell said in a press conference.

Ap Photo/Dan Joling
Ap Photo/Dan Joling
Gov. Sean Parnell answers a question during a news conference on Wednesday in the governor's conference room in Anchorage.

The governor also appointed Bryan Butcher, deputy director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., as manager of a multi-team transition planning process.

Parnell described the action as normal when administrations are in transition and indicated that he would ask some officials to stay on.

The action is a signal that Parnell intends to stake out new policies that differ from former Gov. Sarah Palin, who he replaced when Palin resigned in the middle of her term.

Parnell has been criticized for not making major changes in the administration, and policies, he inherited from Palin.

Parnell has already said he will conduct of review of state oil and gas taxation and will proposed changes intended to make Alaska more competitive in attractive new industry investment.

"Every governor prefers to leave his imprint on policy, and I want to make sure I have the opportunity," Parnell said in a press conference Nov. 3. "I will give each commissioner and deputy and director a chance to apply for their positions. Some have signed up just for four years, and I want to give them the opportunity to leave and give me the opportunity to make some changes."

Transition teams will be organized in seven topic areas, including natural resources, health and education, infrastructure, science and technology, financial services and business investment, public safety and justice, and military.

Reports from the teams are due in December, Parnell said, when the governor must offer a proposed budget to the Legislature for the next state fiscal year.

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