Applying for an Appointment to a Board or Commission
The Office of the Governor encourages all Alaskans to participate in their government and seeks qualified and committed candidates to apply for open positions. A current application is required to be considered for an appointment.
You may apply to as many boards or commissions as you wish. Please be specific when describing your interests and experience. Your application will remain active for up to two years, even if you do not receive an appointment after your initial application. Please note that your application materials are subject to the Alaska Public Records Act.
Letters of Recommendation
Endorsements are not required; however, if there are people who would like to express their support for you, they may submit letters of recommendation to the Office of Boards and Commissions by mail or email
Review of Application
The Office of Boards and Commissions reviews each application prior to the expiration of a seat or term on the specific board. Statutory requirements, current board composition, and professional and personal experience are all taken into consideration. Applicants may be asked for an in-person or telephonic interview.
Although provisions differ among boards and commissions, most appointments are a three or four year term. Most boards meet three to four times per year.
Alaska’s Constitution requires that appointments to certain boards be subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the Legislature in joint session. These boards include those at the head of a principal department, regulatory/licensing boards, and quasi-judicial boards. This process involves legislative review of a candidate’s experience and interest, and an affirmative vote.
Appointment to certain State boards and commissions may designate you as a public official. By law, the Legislature requires public officials to disclose personal financial information in order to inform the public of any potential conflicts of interest that may arise due to actions of the board or commission to which they are appointed.
The Public Official Financial Disclosure (POFD) is due within 30 days after taking office as a public official. Annual POFDs are due by March 15, and cover any financial activity from the prior calendar year. Final POFDs are due within 90 days after leaving office as a public official.
For a list of those boards and commissions whose members are required to file these disclosures and for a description of the financial disclosure requirements, click here.