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Hoke out as federal co-chair of Denali Commission

Jason Hoke is out as the federal co-chair for the Denali Commission. Hoke offered his resignation effective this week, Must Read Alaska has learned.

 Four workplace-based complaints had been lodged against Hoke for his interactions, particularly with women.

According to earlier reports from Alaska Public Media, “Hoke’s mistreatment of employees began at his first staff meeting, when Hoke shared a Serbian quote that Hoke translated as: ‘Whether women are laughing or crying, they’re always lying.'”

Hoke had been appointed on the recommendation of Sen. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski to the position running an agency that was established in 1998 through the efforts of Sen. Ted Stevens. The commission has an annual budget of $15 million.

Under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the commission has directed millions of dollars to projects in rural Alaska, bringing water and sewer infrastructure as well as power projects to rural communities. In recent years, the commission has been involved with relocating villages that are disappearing to coastal erosion, such as Kivalina and Shishmaref.

Hoke had one year ago replaced former State Sen. John Torgerson, who was the interim federal co-chair. Prior to him, Joel Neimeyer had served as federal co-chair for several years.

Hoke had previously served as a program director for the Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Commission. He had also been executive director for the Copper Valley Development Association Inc. and was the tribal administrator for the Cheesh’Na Tribal Council. Originally from New York, he came to Alaska to teach in rural schools.

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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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  • Nice.

    Doof.

  • Makes one ask what Jason got caught doing to get kicked out of such a dream job, overseeing the pipeline of endless money flowing into Alaska…
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    The Denali Commission “Commissioners” are: the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner, Associated General Contractors of Alaska Executive Director, Alaska Federation of Natives President, Alaska Municipal League Executive Director, Alaska AFL-CIO Executive President, and the University of Alaska President.
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    Apparently these unelected Commissioners, these pinnacles of their respective special-interest groups, hang out together and “…provide critical utilities, infrastructure, and economic support throughout Alaska.” while productive Alaskans are threatened with economic ruin under the guise taxes and China flu.
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    No potential for corruption, conflict of interest, money laundering on an undreamed-of scale there… none whatsoever…
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    One of the players is Jason Hoke, risen from itinerant school teacher to “federal co-chair” seemingly due in part to skills including misogyny and money movement… lifelong skills we argue, because they’re acquired and practiced over a lifetime… they didn’t just happen one day.
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    We read: “Hoke’s mistreatment of employees began at his first staff meeting, when Hoke shared a Serbian quote that Hoke translated as: ‘Whether women are laughing or crying, they’re always lying.’” which rather plainly affirms Hoke’s mindset toward women.
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    followed by: “Originally from New York, he came to Alaska to teach in rural schools.” which unavoidably leads one to wonder how Hoke’s mindset toward women -and girls- might have manifested itself in Alaska’s rural school system.
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    Whether Hoke’s departure from New York or his departure from Alaska’s rural-schools was driven by reasons other than career advancement is something we sincerely hope Alaska’s law-enforcement authorities investigate.

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