State Budget Announced

State budget director Pat Pitney answers questions about the state budget while Gov. Bill Walker listens during a news conference on Thursday Feb. 5, 2015. Amid a mult-billion shortfall, the state announced it would eliminate some 300 positions.

Former State Budget Director Pat Pitney is coming back to the Capitol to serve as director of the Legislative Finance Division. Pitney will replace David Teal, who retired last month after serving in the position since 1997. 

Pitney, who lived and raised all three of her children in Fairbanks, served as director of the Office of Management and Budget under former Gov. Bill Walker and said Friday she was excited to be returning to work for the state. 

“I’m enthusiastic about going back to work and continuing to help solve the fiscal situation the state’s in,” she told the Daily News-Miner on Friday. “I’m excited to be able to continue to serve the state in a very similar role to what I did in the Walker administration in providing sound financial information for the choices the state faces.”

Between her work under Walker and now, Pitney said she has taken some much-needed time off to assist her family through the passing of her father last year, assist her mother through knee surgery and spend time with her children.

“I had a wonderful Alaska summer and spent time with my family, with all three of the kids who are spread out all over now, and now I’m excited to get back to work,” Pitney said. 

Pitney’s return was celebrated by Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, who is chair of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee. 

“Pat Pitney will be able to step into the position and immediately take over for David Teal because she knows the budget process, she knows how the Legislature works, and she has the temperament and demeanor to work with people to solve problems. I’m incredibly excited to welcome Pat to the legislative team and look forward to working with her for many years to come,” Tuck said.

Prior to her work under Walker, Pitney served as vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Pitney begins work for the Legislature on Monday.

Contact staff writer Erin McGroarty at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.