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HomePolitics and PolicyGene Therriault out at Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

Gene Therriault out at Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

ALSO GONE, CHIEF OF ALASKA ENERGY AUTHORITY

The government relations director at the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has been released by the corporation.

Former North Pole legislator Gene Therriault had been hired by former AGDC President Keith Meyer, who was fired on Thursday.

AGDC hired Therriault to assist in government relations under a shared services agreement with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, where Therriault worked on the Interior Energy Project, which is now under local control  in Fairbanks.

The primary contract with Therriault was through AGDC. With that ended, it appears that his AIDEA contract also ends.

Therriault was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992 at the age of 32. He served in the House for 17 years and was co-chair of the House Finance Committee for two terms and was Senate President for one term.

Therriault was briefly a senior policy advisor on in-state energy in the governor’s office under Gov. Sean Parnell.

Janet Reiser also was released from running the Alaska Energy Authority. Reiser is the former chair of the board of Chugach Electric Association, Inc.

On Wednesday, Al Fogle was added to the AEA board of directors to a term that expires in June of 2020. Fogle ran for House Seat 26 unsuccessfully and was recently hired as the Vice President of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

Also new to the board were these appointments:

  • Julie Sande of Ketchikan, owner of Marble Construction, White Rock Development, White Rock Holdings, Hump Island Oyster Co., and Marble Seafoods.
  • Bill Kendig, who is a real estate professional, with 20 years on the Knik-Fairview Community Council and three years on the Mat-Su Borough Planning Commission. He is on the the Board of Directors for Matanuska Electric Association.
  • Julie Anderson, the commissioner of the Department of Commerce.

The AEA board is the same board that oversees the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Releasing Gene is a good thing. He has been on the government gravy train since about 1984 when he first served as a year-round aide to Mike Miller, then later, Steve Frank. He eventually took Miller’s old House seat. Nice fellow but hardly effective as a conservative leader.
    New, fresh blood is what the AGD. needs.

  • One rent-a-friend replaces another. The big wheel of pork spending keeps on a rollin.

    Improvement? Swapping one buddy for another in a losing entity is good politics. The business profit model
    is the real challenge at hand….