Lawmakers want to hear from Price ahead of vote

Amanda Price (left) at a badge-pinning ceremony on Jan. 22, 2019. Alaska State Troopers photo.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to lead the state Department of Public Safety is set to face lawmakers for one last time before her nomination is voted on by a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday.

Members of the House State Affairs Committee want to ask additional questions of Amanda Price after last week hearing differing accounts of her work ethic from former supervisors.

Price was an adviser to former Gov. Bill Walker. Scott Kendall, who was a chief of staff to Walker, told lawmakers he gave Price the choice to resign or be fired and said she suffered from chronic absenteeism.

Jim Whitaker, Kendall's predecessor, and Marcia Davis, a former deputy chief of staff to Walker, have defended Price.

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