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Thayer Appointed Administration Commissioner

January 20, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today named Curtis Thayer commissioner for the Department of Administration. Thayer fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Becky Hultberg.

“A problem solver who has strong management skills, Curtis has an excellent sense of how government can run more effectively and efficiently,” Governor Parnell said. “He meets challenges head on and will be a great addition to my cabinet.”

Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Thayer served as the deputy commissioner for the Department of Administration, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Administrative Services, General Services, Personnel and Labor Relations, and Motor Vehicles; Enterprise Technology Services (ETS); Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission; and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. He currently chairs the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots.

Thayer also served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Banking and Securities, Insurance, Corporations, Business and Professional Licenses, Community and Regional Affairs, and Economic Development. He previously served on the boards of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), and on the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board.

Prior to his service with the State of Alaska, Thayer worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, and the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team. He also spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for Congressman Don Young and the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. He later worked with Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski.

Thayer resides in Anchorage with his wife and son.

A photo of Thayer is available at:
http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/Thayer_web.jpg

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