Murkowski team plans public meetings

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski's transition team plans to hold a series of public meetings throughout the state in coming weeks to give local residents an opportunity to express their viewpoints on different areas of state government.

The six areas of focus will be public safety, human resources, natural resources, transportation, education and revenue.

''The whole idea is there are lots of people who have ideas about where we ought to go, about where the state ought to go, and we'd like them to come by and let us know,'' said John Manly, spokesman for Murkowski's transition team. ''The idea is to gather the information, then the information will be given to the actual transition teams working in these different departments.''

Manly said the schedule of meetings would likely be forthcoming this week or next, with meetings expected to start the week after next and continuing through Murkowski's Dec. 2 inauguration.

Manly said meetings are planned for all of Alaska's major cities, as well as some minor ones. Meetings involving Bush communities are also in the works, and Manly said those may entail some radio or teleconferencing.

Murkowski, who is in Washington, D.C., for his final days as a U.S. senator, will not attend the meetings.

''These will be basically run by the Murkowski supporters in those areas,'' Manly said. ''We expect it'll be a very productive kind of exercise,'' he said.

Murkowski's transition team has thus far been silent about his appointments. Manly said he expected to announce some more members of the transition team next week. As for the appointments to Murkowski's actual administration, Manly said he expected some to come before the inauguration.

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