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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:14 am | Updated: 1:40 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — A state board has named former Alaska Energy Authority director Ron Miller to lead the once-per-decade process of drawing new boundaries for legislative districts.

Miller, an Anchorage attorney, had led both the energy agency and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, where he held the reins partly during legal fights with Golden Valley Electric Association about the dormant Healy coal plant.

Former state Sen. John Torgerson, chairman of the state Redistricting Board, said Miller starts work today. Torgerson said the state Constitution requires a new boundary plan be ready 30 days after census figures arrive from the federal government. That means early next spring, he said.

“Before then we need to get a small staff together, along with independent counsel and other experts, train staff and board members in the redistricting software and finish setting up the board’s office in Anchorage, so we need Ron to get started right away,” he said.

The five-member board includes former state Rep. Jim Holm, a Fairbanks businessman.

Miller left the energy and development agencies in 2007.

Contact staff writer Christopher Eshleman at 459-7582.

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