FAIRBANKS — Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy named two new Cabinet members Thursday, while making the choice Wednesday to retain current Education Commissioner Michael Johnson.
In a news release Thursday, Dunleavy announced his choices of Bruce Tangeman as commissioner of revenue and Julie Anderson as commissioner of commerce, community and economic development.
Tangeman has worked as policy director for the Republican Alaska Senate Majority since 2017. Before this position, he also served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, deputy commissioner for the Department of Revenue, chief financial officer for Doyon Utilities and corporate budget officer for Alaska Railroad Corporation.
Tangeman has also served on the boards of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.
Anderson serves as the principal at Denali Management Solutions. Before that, Anderson was stakeholder manager and health, safety and environment officer at AIDEA. Anderson has also worked for Alyeska Pipeline as technical business strategy manager, commercial director and operations support director.
Anderson also worked previously as the general manager for the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. Anderson has previously served on the Doyon Foundation board of directors, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Alyeska Pipeline’s Alaska Native advisory board.
Dunleavy said in a statement he thinks Tangeman and Anderson will serve the state well.
“Bruce and Julie are well-known in Alaska for years of service in both the public and private sectors,” Dunleavy said in a statement. “Their talents and experience will provide crucial expertise to my administration as we move Alaska forward.”
On Wednesday, amid a flurry of new appointments, Dunleavy chose to retain Johnson as education commissioner, citing his experience in the position as an asset to the new administration.
Dunleavy said he met with Johnson before making the decision.
“We had a healthy discussion about needed improvements and shifting our focus to getting better results for students,” Dunleavy said. “In the end, our priorities aligned, and we decided we could work together on changing how we deliver education in this state.”
Dunleavy will be sworn into office Dec. 3. All appointees will be confirmed by the Legislature in January.
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