PUBLISHED: 4:09 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Governor Palin appoints several to administration
Governor Sarah Palin appointed more members to her administration, including: Education and Early Development Commissioner Roger Sampson; DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig; Deputy Communications Director & Deputy Press Secretary Charles Fedullo; Labor Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop; Deputy Labor Commissioner Tara Jollie; and Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer.

"It is a great honor to have these talented people in my administration," Palin said.

"They have a wealth of experience in state and local government and private sector issues. I look forwarding to working with this team that is dedicated to the prosperity of the State of Alaska."

Sampson will remain in his position as Commissioner of Education and Early Development. Sampson was appointed Commissioner on May 9, 2003, by the former administration.

He has had a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years in Alaska.

"Roger has shown incredible leadership during his tenure as Education Commissioner," Palin said. "I appreciate his commitment to all students across our great state. Roger will continue to bolster student achievement and find innovative teacher incentives."

"I'm pleased to be able to move forward with Governor Palin's vision, which strongly supports the mission of the State Board of Education and the department to improve academic achievement for all students," Sampson said. "It's time to move above and beyond No Child Left Behind mandates. We're positioned well for the next step: to connect core academic skills to the world of work and postsecondary education."

Sampson has received many honors including Alaska Principal of the Year, and National Rural Superintendent of the Year.

Hartig has accepted the position of DEC Commissioner.

"Larry is the perfect Alaskan for this position," Palin said. "His deep Alaska roots coupled with in-depth experience with environmental issues in the private sector will serve Alaskans well. I have complete confidence that Larry will serve the best interests of the state, protecting our environment, as we enter this crucial period of resource development. Larry wants to get a gasline for Alaskans and his oil and gas experience which dates back to the early 70's will add to the solid foundation of this administration."

Hartig is an attorney who actively practices law in the areas of environmental, natural resources, and real estate law matters. His professional legal experience includes the acquisition of exploration and mineral rights for mining and oil and gas companies, purchase agreements, leases and other transactional agreements. Additionally, Hartig has provided legal guidance relating to environmental compliance and cleanup of contamination and assisting clients in obtaining air, water, and other permits for natural resource development. He has been in private practice in Anchorage since 1983.

"I was very pleased to get the Governor's call," Hartig said. "I look forward to serving Alaskans and combining my experiences to further help guide the state in its resource development."

Hartig is an actively involved member of the Alaska community as a member of the State Board of Forestry since 1994, a current member of the Alaska Mining Association, present Director of the Resource Development Council, and active Board Member of the Alaska Mineral and Energy Education Fund.

Fedullo has been named Deputy Communications Director / Deputy Press Secretary. Fedullo is no stranger to state government. He previously served the state for three years as Outreach Administrator and Public Information Officer for the Department of Environmental Conservation under Governor Knowles. Fedullo most recently worked an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Journalism Department for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

"I am thrilled to have Charles as part of my team," Palin said. "Charles brings with him contagious enthusiasm, solid work ethic, a wealth of institutional knowledge, and a commitment to excellence."

Fedullo is a graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Northern Studies. He will serve in the Governor's Juneau office.

Bishop will serve as Labor Commissioner. He is currently the Administrator for the Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust. A life-long Alaskan from Fairbanks, Bishop has worked with union and non-union entities. He is committed to building a world-class workforce and increase self-sufficiency through employment, training, and support services.

"Click brings over 20 years of leadership to his new position," Palin said. "He will help connect Alaskans to jobs, develop workplace skills, and assist the unemployed. I am thrilled he has accepted the position."

"I am humbled and excited at the same time, about having the opportunity to lead the Department of Labor in training the current and next generation of Alaskans for the workforce demands that are facing our state," said Bishop. "I share the Governor's vision of building Alaska's workforce."

Bishop is a member of numerous organizations including: Alaska Works Partnership, Inc.; Operating Engineers Union, Local Union 302; and the State Job Training Coordinating Council Board.

Jollie will serve as Deputy Labor Commissioner. She has extensive experience in the arena of labor and workforce development. Jollie has over 20 years of service with the State of Alaska including 10 years spent as the lead Administrator for Workforce Development programs. She most recently served on Governor Palin's transition team working as a team leader for the Department of Labor. Jollie's vast knowledge of labor issues and her commitment to quality will benefit the state immensely.

"I commend Tara for accepting this challenge," Palin said. "Alaska is lucky to have such a high-caliber individual working on issues that are so important to our future and the future of the state. I appreciate her strong commitment to rural Alaska, especially."

"I am truly excited about this opportunity," Jollie said. "I share Governor Palin's desire to get Alaskans into the jobs they need. I believe economic development and workforce training go hand-in-hand when looking for long-term solutions to the persistent problems existing in many areas of our state."

Jollie is a member of the National Career Development Association.

Kreitzer will serve as Administration Commissioner. Her service to the State of Alaska dates back to the 1980's. Most recently, she served as the Acting Chief of Staff for newly elected Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. Kreitzer had also served as Chief of Staff for former Lt. Governor Loren Leman. Before that, she worked for eight years for Leman when he was a state senator. Kreitzer's experience in numerous state agencies will benefit the Department of Administration.

"I am happy to hire Annette away from the Lt. Governor's office," said Governor Palin. "She knows state government inside and out and knows what the private sector needs to grow and prosper."

"I appreciate Governor Palin's confidence in my abilities and, with God's help, will work to keep her confidence and earn the respect of the employees of the Department, and the people we serve," Kreitzer said.

Kreitzer resides in Juneau with her husband.