Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named former deputy chief of staff Jeremy Price to the public commissioner seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Price will also serve as chair of the commission.

“Jeremy Price shares my vision for a state that is both economically competitive and protects the interest of Alaskans,” Dunleavy said in a statement. 

“It’s fair to say the makeup and the structure of the office is evolving under the governor’s direction,” said Dunleavy Chief of Staff Ben Stevens. “The Office of the Governor will be looking for talent — both internally and externally — to fill the capacity Jeremy Price will be vacating.”

The Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state’s police powers, according the commission’s state website.

Price grew up in Salcha and lives in Anchorage. 

Price took the position in Dunleavy’s administration after the November 2018 election. Before that, he worked in policy positions for Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young and Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as well as the Alaska chapter of conservative political group Americans for Prosperity.

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