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Andy Mack named new commissioner of DNR

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Andy Mack has been named the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Mack comes from PT Capital, an investment firm that is closely associated with the publisher of Alaska’s largest daily newspaper, the Alaska Dispatch News. 

In a day when both his DNR commissioner announced her departure, and his attorney general did the same.

Mack was heavily involved in the coastal zone management fight, as a proponent of it, and assisted drafting the regulations for the Chukchi Sea. He was with the North Slope Borough for many years.

This is the third DNR commissioner in 18 months for Governor Bill Walker. Mack’s appointment must be approved by the Alaska Legislature, but he will serve for the better part of a year before those confirmation hearings can take place. He cannot be confirmed during special session that will convene in July.




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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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