By The Associated Press
2:47 PM AKDT, May 17, 2012
Dianne Blumer, a special assistant to Gov. Sean Parnell, has been named Alaska's new labor commissioner.
Blumer replaces Click Bishop, who retired in March and has announced his intent to run for a Fairbanks Senate seat.
Parnell, in a statement, called Blumer "profoundly competent" and says she'll provide steady leadership at the department. He also acknowledged and thanked David Stone, who has been acting as commissioner.
The governor's office says Blumer has served as a special assistant to Parnell, advising him on regulation and policy for the departments of commerce, administration and revenue. His office says she has been in state service for more than 20 years, holding positions like director of the Division of Personnel and Labor Relations and deputy director for the Child Support Services Division.