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Governor’s oil and gas adviser slips away

PRIVATE SECTOR LURES JOHN HENDRIX

In the final year of a governor’s tenure, it’s not uncommon for people in politically appointed positions to find a safe landing spot for their career.

John Hendrix, the governor’s oil and gas adviser, has done just that, heading to NANA Corporation after serving for nearly two years in the Walker Administration.

Hendrix will be the president of NANA’s commercial group, including its subsidiaries in the oil field and mining support services, construction, and other capital projects.

Hendrix has been in Walker’s cabinet for nearly two years at a wage of $185,000 per year. He has attempted to advise a headstrong governor on matters relating to oil and gas development, as it occurs in the real world, outside the Third Floor of the Capitol. Observers say that the job has been challenging at times, as Gov. Walker has been nearly obsessed with bringing his LNG line to fruition, while oil production has taken a back seat.

In a media release, Walker’s office congratulated Hendrix on the new position. The governor timed the announcement to come a few days after he announced he had joined the Democratic primary, according to sources in the administration.

Hendrix is an experienced oil and gas executive who worked for Apache Corporation as general manager and managing director in Egypt.

Earlier this year, Commerce Department Commissioner Chris Hladick left for a job as the administrator of Region 10 for EPA; other high-level appointees are said to be shopping around their resumes.

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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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  • Jumping from a sinking ship. Smart guy.

    • Yes he is. NANA is fortunate to have him join them.

  • Bill Walker is a drowning lame duck, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all need to work very hard to make him lose the election. He will have support from as far away as Red China once the primary election is over.

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