ALSO, JON COOK REMOVED FROM ALASKA RAILROAD
Jamie Allard of Eagle River has been named to the Alaska Commission on Human Rights, filling the seat left vacant when Marcus Sanders resigned due to work conflicts.
Allard was a candidate for House District 14 in 2018, but was defeated by now-Rep. Kelly Merrick in the primary. She is a veteran, owned her own small business, worked for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Defense.
Allard joins a board that has been in upheaval since the former executive director of the commission acted inappropriately toward the owner of a vehicle parked at the commission’s headquarters in Anchorage.
The board is in the process of hiring another new executive director after it hired Marilyn Stewart to replace the former executive director, only to release her two weeks later.
Gov. Michael Dunleavy has removed Jon Cook from the Alaska Railroad Corporation board in advance of the board’s Sept. 18 meeting. Cook had served for 10 years on the Railroad board.
Cook was an avid supporter of former Gov. Bill Walker — hosting fundraisers for his re-election — and has been involved in trying to recall the governor. He serves at the pleasure of the governor.
“Governor Mike Dunleavy is examining all board and commissions, particularly those where realignment can be made and vacancies are set to occur,” said Matt Shuckerow, press secretary to the governor. “Governor Dunleavy says he and Mr. Cook share differing views and would like to realign the Alaska Railroad Board.”
Cook’s board seat was set to expire in October. Dunleavy would like to fill the now vacant business owner/manager position with an individual associated with real estate and land development. Shuckerow said he expects a replacement to be made before the Alaska Railroad’s September Board meeting.