Story last updated at 8/5/2009 - 12:30 pm
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell held the first cabinet meeting of his new administration in Juneau on July 29, and afterwards praised Juneau and took other steps to mend relations between the state's chief executive and its capital city.
Parnell said he'll be living in Juneau, but said he was already anticipating criticism for not being here enough.
Parnell, who took office July 26 following former Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation, said he and his family lived in Juneau during his eight years serving in the Legislature. His eldest of two daughters is now a senior in high school.
"We've made a commitment to her we're not going to rip her out of her senior year in high school and take her away from her friends," he said.
Parnell also said he would not be claiming state per diem payments for time spent in Anchorage, at least not while he owns a home there.
Parnell pledged his backing for the Juneau Access Project, the state's 50.8 mile road up Lynn Canal toward Haines and Skagway that is currently facing a court challenge. He said he supports state ferries as well.
Parnell said the executive branch wasn't responsible for the Aug. 10 special session in Anchorage, which was called by the Legislature. He declined to pledge that any future special sessions would be held in Juneau.
Parnell said he'll be holding a governor's capital city picnic, similar to ones Palin held at the end of her governorship in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks. That picnic will be in August on a date to be set, Parnell said.