PUBLISHED: 4:51 PM on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Hogan to head Health and Social Services
Anchorage - Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin today announced the appointment of Bill Hogan was appointed as the new commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services on July 24.

Hogan will run the department from Anchorage, unlike his predessor Karleen Jackson who was in Juneau. Hogan said he would spend a great deal of time in Juneau.

Hogan has worked for the department since April 2003. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner from September 2005 to May 2008 and as Director of the Division of Behavioral Health from April 2003 to September 2005.

Hogan has spent more than 30 years in the mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities and social work fields, with experience as a clinician, supervisor and administrator.

Before joining the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in 2003, Hogan was Chief Executive Officer of Life Quest, a private, nonprofit community mental health center located in Wasilla, Alaska.