Pending confirmation by the Legislature, Randall Hoffbeck will be the Department of Revenue commissioner and Mark Myers will be the commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources. I don’t know much about Hoffbeck, but I do know that Myers is very intelligent and capable.
Here’s the press release:
Governor-elect Bill Walker is pleased to announce that he has chosen Randall Hoffbeck as the Department of Revenue Commissioner. Hoffbeck served as the North Slope Borough’s chief financial officer from 2006 – 2011, and as Mayor Charlotte Brower’s chief of staff in 2012.
Hoffbeck brings 30 years of tax administration experience to the position, including his time as the petroleum property assessor for the state from 2001 – 2006.
Hoffbeck is currently serving in Kenya with his wife on a short-term medical mission. He received his master of divinity degree in October.
Walker is pleased to also announce the appointment of Mark D. Myers as Department of Natural Resources Commissioner. For the past four years, he has served as the vice chancellor of research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he oversees administration for UAF’s research enterprise and supervises the university’s many research institutes including the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center and the Institute of Arctic Biology.
Myers also has extensive leadership experience on both the federal and state levels. In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the national director of the U.S. Geologic Survey, where he served until 2009.
From 2009 – 2010, he served as Alaska’s first Natural Gas Inducement Act (AGIA) Coordinator. He also led the Alaska division of oil and gas from 2001-2005 and was the state geologist and director of the division of geological and geophysical surveys in 2005.