John Boyle is new commissioner of DNR


Gov. Mike Dunleavy today appointed John Boyle to serve as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. He replaces acting Commissioner Akis Gialopsos.

“Commissioner Boyle will serve both the department and Alaskans with distinction, “said Gov. Dunleavy. “His legal training, knowledge of Alaska’s resource industries and commitment to developing our resources to the maximum benefit of all Alaskans, and in the safest possible manner, make him an excellent choice to lead the department during my second term.”

Boyle moved to Alaska in 2010 after graduating law school to serve a judicial clerkship in Fairbanks. Following the conclusion of the clerkship, he moved to Utqiagvik to work as an Assistant Borough Attorney and later Chief Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the North Slope Borough’s Government and External Affairs department. In 2016 he moved over to BP as their Director of Government Affairs before joining Oil Search (now Santos) as Government Affairs Manager. 

He earned a Juris Doctorate from J. Ruben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance at Brigham Young University. 

Boyle and his wife Rosie live in Anchorage with their two children. His first day as commissioner will be Jan. 6, 2023.


  1. OK MRA, I write clean posts compared to some of the radical, dirty extremists, so how can we get a fair back in forth on issues if you keep only the ones that sing along and with the same tune?

  2. Congratulations John Boyle, but just remember, President Trump said no on pebble through the Army Cor. of Engineers permitting process which were denied 😉

  3. He apparently has an oil background, along with his legal background. Other commissioners have said that the Governor expects results, s I will wait and see how he performs in his new management role. I wish him well.

  4. We should be concerned when a oil industry lobbyist moves into the top position at DNR. History has taught us- going back 50 years- that Alaska loses when that happens. Over $14 billion dollars worth of oil is taken from Alaska per year and Alaskans are getting less than the owners of any other major field- on the planet.

    The $20,000 Alaskan families have lost due to lower dividends (deviating from the statutory formula) are a direct result of our oil being taken for a song- due to SB-21.

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