Governor Walker announces appointments to state boards and commissions

Below is an excerpt from State of Alaska Office of the Governor’s press release. The entire press release can be viewed on the governor’s website.

Governor Bill Walker announced his selections for a number of key boards and commissions today, including the Boards of Fisheries and Game, the University of Alaska Board of Regents, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees. In letters to House Speaker Bryce Edgmon and Senate President Pete Kelly, Governor Walker put forward his board and commission appointments requiring Legislative confirmation.

In all, Governor Walker made almost 100 appointments and reappointments to over 40 state boards and commissions, which regulate public policy and oversee a wide array of industries in Alaska.

“Serving on a board or commission is one of the most effective ways to participate in, and take ownership of, state governance,” said Governor Walker. “Alaskans have the opportunity to contribute to the public process and make a positive impact in their communities. I thank each of these individuals for stepping forward to serve their state. While many of these boards do not get significant public recognition, the contributions they make to Alaska are invaluable.”

The following individuals were appointed or reappointed by Governor Walker to serve on state boards and commissions:

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Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of TrusteesThe Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) Board of Trustees is a gubernatorial-appointed, seven-member board. Trustees serve five-year terms, and are tasked with administering the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

  • Christopher Cooke, Anchorage – Christopher Cooke of Anchorage has lived and worked in rural Alaska for more than 25 years as an attorney, including 10 years as a superior court judge in Bethel. He has previously served on a number of other boards, including the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors. If confirmed by the legislature, Cooke’s appointment will be effective March 1, 2017, and expire March 1, 2022.



Katie Marquette, Press Secretary
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