ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski announced in a Facebook post on Monday that she will be leaving her assembly seat to serve as deputy chief of staff in the Dunleavy adminstration.
"As I near the end of my 2nd term as your Assembly member, an opportunity has materialized to serve all Alaskans and our next Governor as he works to make our residents safer, bring jobs and economic prosperity back to Alaska, and protect Alaskans' full PFD," Demboski said in the post.
It's not yet clear when she will step down from the Anchorage Assembly and begin her new role, which is a full-time, paid position.
"I have not yet determined when my last day will be," she said. "I will start with the new Governor on Dec. 3. As soon as he's sworn into office, I will officially become his deputy chief of staff."
Demboski says current law allows her to serve in both capacities, as an assembly member and deputy chief of staff to the new Governor, but she doesn't plan on doing so.
She plans to speak with Assembly Chair Forrest Dunbar to hash out the terms of her resignation over the next couple of weeks. She says decisions will be made in terms of how to best represent the people of her district, Chugiak-Eagle River, until a new member is elected in April.
"I think it's important the people of Chugiak-Eagle River have full representation," she said. "I have every expectation the Assembly will fill the seat on an interim basis."
As to who might fill the seat, Demboski says to watch to see who files for the position. "I suspect there will be a couple of people that probably will file relatively quickly."
Demboski says she sent in an application to the administration, not knowing what position she might fill. She had an interview with the new Governor's staff, and when she heard the news she was eager to put her talents to use in the new administration.
"I was thrilled. I truly am thrilled," she said. "Because I didn't ask for a specific job. My intent was always 'if I have the tools to help you perform your agenda, I'd love to help'."
Demboski said a goodbye over the radio to listeners of The Amy Demboski Show, her daily radio program, covering everything from politics to art and entertainment.
In between radio breaks, calls poured into the KVNT studio at the Anchorage Baptist Temple -- people wanting to thank her for all she's done to support her community.
"I just want to say thank you, and it's going to be hard for whoever fills your shoes," one caller said. "I'm going to be very, very sad to see you go, both on the assembly, and as our voice."
But Demboski told the caller that it's not really goodbye, and she will continue to represent Alaskans on a larger stage.
"My hope now is I'm able to take that candid voice and those policies that now Gov. - Elect Dunleavy ran on, and implement them," she told the caller.
Demboski says she views this as an opportunity to represent her district by helping to repeal SB91, returning the state to a strong fiscal position and returning the full PFD.
She says she plans on participating at the regular assembly meetings scheduled for Dec. 4 and 18. She intends to evaluate the issues being considered, and the needs of her district, before finalizing her resignation.