PUBLISHED: 4:52 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Thompson retires
Alaska State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Aves Thompson, director of the Division of Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, will retire July 31.

Thompson, 64, has been with the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for 24 years.

Thompson began his career with the state in 1982 and has served as chief of Weigh Stations and Permits and chief of Weights and Measures and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. He was appointed Director of MSCVE in 1999.

"Aves has had a distinguished career with state government and his

departure will leave a void that will be difficult to fill," said DOT&PF

Commissioner Mike Barton. "Aves dedicated his efforts to creating a

stable and predictable regulatory environment that let competition

rather than government restrictions influence the marketplace."

Thompson has been active in working with Canadian western provinces to promote standardized vehicle inspections and weight restrictions to

improve the flow of goods from the Lower 48 to Alaska.

Thompson is from Appleton, Minn., and is a graduate of Mankato State

University with a bachelor's degree in economics. Thompson has lived in Alaska since 1970. Thompson will remain in Alaska after his retirement.