PLUS A HOST OF OTHER TOP POSTS IN PUBLIC SAFETY
Alaska’s new attorney general is Kevin Clarkson. He was named to the post by Gov. Mike Dunleavy today during a press conference at the Alaska Crime Lab.
Also named to top posts were Amanda Price as commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Nancy Dahlstrom as commissioner of the Department of Corrections.
Kevin Clarkson is a partner at Brena, Bell & Clarkson, an Anchorage law firm. He has especially strong legal background in constitutional matters and has often been asked to testify before the Alaska State Legislature regarding constitutional law issues. Recently, he defended the Downtown Soup Kitchen’s Hope Center, which was harassed by the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission when it turned away a man from the women’s shelter.
Then, the commission filed a complaint against Clarkson for representing the Hope Center legally. The commission eventually dropped its complaint.
Throughout his legal career, Clarkson has specialized in state and federal litigation at the administrative, pretrial, trial, and appellate levels regarding civil litigation, business and construction matters, contracts, and others. Clarkson was admitted to Super Lawyers in 2014-2017, a distinction held by no more than five percent of Alaska attorneys and he is “A” rated with Martindale -Hubbell. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University, and a law degree from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore.
Amanda Price is the new public safety official for Alaska. Price had served in the Walker Administration briefly as a senior advisor for crime policy and prevention. She was raised in a law enforcement family, with her father serving as a uniformed officer for his career. She was the executive director of Standing Together Against Rape (STAR).
Nancy Dahlstrom is the representative-elect for House District 13, Eagle River. She previously served as a legislator from the district and briefly in the office of Gov. Sean Parnell.
Currently, Dahlstrom is a consultant for WEKA, a security, personal safety, and secure transport provider. Dahlstrom was recently reelected to the legislature, a position she will resign in order toserve the Department of Corrections (DOC). Dahlstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Wayland Baptist University, and a master’s degree in organizational managementfrom the University of LaVerne.
Gov. Dunleavy will need to fill that House seat by appointment.
Deputy Attorney General, Civil Division, Treg Taylor is currently senior corporate counsel for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), an Alaska Native Corporation. He specializes in negotiating, drafting and finalizing contracts, as well as creating confidentiality agreements. Prior to his work at ASRC, he worked as an attorney at McKinley Capital Management. Taylor is also a commissioner for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Brigham Young University.
Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Michael Duxbury is currently the captain of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and State-wide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU). He supervises 55 commissioned investigators and civilians deployed across Alaska and supervised the daily enforcement of illicit drug trafficking networks. Duxbury has been with the Department of PublicSafety (DPS) for 28 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Strayer University and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy.
Colonel Doug Massie is director of the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Massey has 21 years of combined experience as a police officer, Alaska State Trooper, field training officer, and first line supervisor in the department of Public Safety. He has been a leader in the Public Safety Employees Association for 13 years, negotiating four contracts for the Public Safety Officers Unit. He holds a law enforcement certificate from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Major Andy Greenstreet is the acting director of the Department of Public Safety’s Division of the Alaska State Troopers. He has worked public safety assignments in Alaska for almost 25 years, includingrural and urban posts. He is a graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s LawEnforcement Training Program, and the FBI Academy in Virginia.
Deputy Corrections Commissioner Leitoni Tupou is now the director of the Division of Institutions for the Department of Corrections, where he supervises all adult correctional superintendents and program coordinators within the Department of Corrections. He has been employed for 18 years with the DOC, four inthe commissioner’s office. Tupou holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University ofHawaii.
Deputy Corrections Commissioner Dan Carothers has 28 years of experience in Alaska corrections, including a correctional superintendent, probation officer, and correctional officer. He also owns Alaska Polygraph, LLC, and is certified as a polygraph professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in police science from George Mason University.
“The depth and breadth of experience found among these professionals reflects my commitment to building a team with diverse skill sets,” said Gov. Dunleavy. “Combining talented managers from the private sector with public servants with years of experience means Alaskans will see a more holistic approach to law enforcement and corrections. The team will be laser focused on restoring law and order in Alaska, which was one of the primary motivators for me running for governor.”