ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy has named four new commissioners and major staffers Monday, saying his appointments will advance his agenda of reducing government’s size by focusing on results. Here’s who he’s selected:
Jonathan Quick – Commissioner of Administration: Dunleavy’s transition team says Quick is currently the chief of staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce. Quick reduced a $5 million deficit to $400,000 simply by finding efficiencies, Dunleavy’s team wrote.
Adam Crum – Commissioner of Health and Social Services: Crum is the executive vice president for Northern Industrial Training, LLC, and Dunleavy’s team touts his ability to establish and lead high-performing teams. Crum has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public health. Crum is on the Mat-Su Salvation Army advisory board, and participates in organizations that work on issues like homelessness, opioid abuse and sex trafficking, Dunleavy’s team says. Crum ran to represent Senate District F in 2016.
Donna Arduin – Director of Office of Management and Budget: Donna Arduin is the president of Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, LLC. Dunleavy’s team described her as a “budget fixer” with a ‘Proven track record of digging into complex fiscal systems and making effective recommendations for large-scale change.” She’s done similar work for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio when he was in Florida's State House, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and California’s former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jason Brune – Commissioner of Environmental Conservation: Brune has most recently been the senior director of land and resources for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. He oversaw development and administration of the corporation’s subsurface resources, including oil, gas, minerals sand and gravel, and coal, Dunleavy’s team wrote. He’s also previously worked as the head of public affairs and governmental relations for Anglo American, a former partner in the Pebble Mine prospect. Brune has also been the executive director for the Resource Development Council and has been on the Alaska Sealife Center Board, Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Endangered Species Act Recovery Team, Tyonek Tribal Conservation District Board, and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, among others, the team writes.
"I am excited to witness how these dynamic new leaders innovate and reshape these departments with renewed focus on customer service and improved outcomes," Dunleavy said in the release. "Whether that will be reforming Medicaid, negotiating labor contracts, reducing state spending, or maintaining a healthy balance between resource development and environmental protection."
The Commissioners are the fourth, fifth and sixth Dunleavy has announced so far. He has already named Corri Feige as Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Tamika Ledbetter as Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, and John MacKinnon as Commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
Dunleavy's transition team noted in the press release that some of the nominees lack state-level experience for their roles. "During his campaign, Dunleavy pledged to do things differently as governor," the team wrote. "Today's appointments embody that commitment. Rather than require decades of legislative or administrative service for a cabinet nomination, Dunleavy instead is welcoming new leadership, supported by the experience of seasoned public servants."