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Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom hires new chief of staff: Kelly Howell

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom announced the appointment of Kelly Howell as her new chief of staff, replacing Josh Applebee, who previously served as the chief of staff to former Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer and for the past six months in that position of Dahlstrom.

Howell, who had been serving as Dahlstrom’s Special Assistant since January 2023, brings state government experience and a deep understanding of government operations, the press announcement said.

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“I have had the privilege of getting to know and work with Kelly over the years. She has served the state in a variety of roles, and I have confidence in her ability to manage the day-to-day operations of our office while simultaneously advancing the Administration’s policy goals,” Dahlstrom said.

A lifelong Alaskan, Kelly Howell was born in Fairbanks and raised in Fairbanks, Nome, and Anchorage. With a career spanning over two decades in public service, she embarked on her government service with the Department of Health and Social Services in 1996. Howell joined the Department of Public Safety, where she held various positions, including Administrative Services director and legislative liaison/special assistant to the commissioner.

Howell is a graduate of East Anchorage High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice and Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. How convenient that MZ is leaving right when AO 2023-97 the “Clean Slate Strategy” sponsored by Felix R. is in progress. This AO will spread the homeless people from District 1 (Constant & Volland) to all other Anchorage Districts so that our Downtown and Fairview areas can be revitalized and spruced up on our tax dime. Check out the new sidewalk and decorations at 4th and A streets.

    I’m not saying we don’t have a homeless situation in our city, but the Navigation Center that the Assembly voted “yes” to once and then changed their minds has thrown this continuing saga back on OUR plate. Look where we would be today if it was already built. People would be getting the help they need and this would be a non-issue. Don’t forget that the contractor is suing the MOA (oh yes, that’s us paying it out through our taxes) for reneging on the contract.

    Passing right below your nose is AR 2023-137(S2) A RESOLUTION OF THE ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY CONDEMNING THE THREAT OR USE OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND PROMOTING CIVIL DISCOURSE IN OUR COMMUNITY. Oh…it was Laid on the Table, with the possibility of it showing up on a future agenda…with notice?

    Here’s where to go to search and read the laws that are coming out left and right to an assembly meeting near you:>Departments>Assembly>Resources>Public Portal to Assembly Documents. Make sure you read all of the AO 2023-97 and AR 2023-137(S2).


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