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Jim Sackett is new director of governor’s Fairbanks office

Jim Sackett, who ran for House District 4 in Fairbanks, is the new director of the Fairbanks Office of the Governor.

Sackett has been working on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s transition team since the Nov. 6 election.

His family moved to Interior Alaska in 1970. He married his wife Cheryl in 1988 and they have two grown children born at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Sackett has a bachelor’s and master’s in business administration from University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also earned a master’s degree in theology and has had a successful career in business. He is an avid outdoorsman and hunter.

He replaces Melissa Stepovich, who was the director of the office under Govs. Bill Walker, Sean Parnell, Sarah Palin, and Frank Murkowski.

The job of the director involves interaction with constituents, representing the Governor’s Office at public events, and keeping the governor informed about current events in Fairbanks.

Sackett can be reached at jim.sackett@alaska.gov

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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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  • Jim is a great pick. The Liberal pot smokers in District 4 overwhelmed him this time. Grier Hopkin’s dad and mom, Luke and Elise worked full time on Grier’s campaign, as did his uncle former Dist. 4 Rep. Guttenburg (Elise’s brother). Too many Hopkins and all of their pot smoking fans. But Jim will have a great time at his new post, and we wish him well.

  • Can’t imagine a better man for the job. Best wishes.

  • Great pick! I got to know Jim a little while working on the Dunleavy campaign, and I’m really looking forward to having him on the job here in Fairbanks.

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