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Rutherford appointed to P-Fund board

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Outgoing Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford has stuck the landing. She was appointed by the governor today to a seat on the Permanent Fund Corporation Board.

Marty Rutherford

Marty Rutherford

Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s press release slipped in the fact that Rutherford is leaving DNR, following the footsteps out the door of her predecessor, former Commissioner Mark Myers, who left in March.

“Alaska is fortunate to have someone of Marty’s experience and caliber on one of the state’s most important boards,” Walker said. “For nearly 30 years, Marty has helmed various important projects, including the gasline. Her knowledge of various topics and inimitable ability to connect with anyone she meets has inspired the utmost respect of people statewide—from the legislature to the industry.”

Insiders say Rutherford is unhappy with some of the ethical decisions of the governor. In her statement, she did not heap praise back on Walker, but instead thanked her colleagues more generally.

“This is bittersweet for me. I was born and raised here in Alaska, so it’s truly been an honor and great privilege for me to give back in some small way to the state that has given me and my family so much. In the three decades that I have served in state government, I’ve gotten to know some incredibly talented and dedicated public servants. I will miss working day to day with my friends and colleagues, but I know that everything we have worked on together is in very capable hands,”

Rutherford’s father served on the board from 1987 to 1995. Public board members receive a $400 per day honorarium, plus travel and per diem, when working on board business.

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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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