Alaska Legislature to weigh Dunleavy Cabinet, board picks

Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s Cabinet-level appointments and nominations to boards and commissions face confirmation votes from state lawmakers Wednesday.

The Legislature plans to meet in joint session Wednesday afternoon to weigh the appointments.

Among the nominations being closely watched is Amanda Price, Dunleavy’s choice to lead the Department of Public Safety.

Price and the administration made a push in support of her nomination amid allegations she had been chronically absent from a prior job in former Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. The allegations were raised by a former supervisor, while two other former supervisors said she was not “disciplined or counseled” for absenteeism during their tenure.

The Dunleavy administration says it ran social media ads in support of Price, and Price held a news conference on the eve of the vote.