Gov. Dunleavy names Amanda Holland as acting budget director

 Gov. Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Sept. 27, 2019.
Gov. Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Sept. 27, 2019. (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 1, 2019 at 6:09 PM AKDT
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy named Amanda Holland as the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the position was previously held by Donna Arduin.

Holland currently serves as the OMB Management Director. In her new position she will be responsible for rolling out the FY2021 budget, which is to be submitted to the Legislature on Dec. 15.

In a phone call to Channel 2, Holland said that she received a Masters degree from Quinnipiac University School of Business, and worked for the Department of Administration before beginning with DOT, where she held a variety of roles including as acting deputy commissioner.

Holland struck a pragmatic tone, saying that she was focused on developing a budget for FY2020.

"The main thing I would say is we are looking for a sustainable balanced budget, my goal is to work collaboratively with agency heads," she said when asked whether she would continue the fiscal policy initiated by Arduin.

On Sept. 16, Chief of Staff Ben Stevens announced that Arduin was "transitioning" to a new roll as adviser, a role which was scheduled to stop today and thereafter proceed on a contractual basis.

In a press release announcing Holland's appointment, the Dunleavy administration announced that Arduin will continue for an additional two weeks, after which contract terms are worked out.

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