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Four Juneau residents appointed by Governor Parnell for board positions

Posted: August 2, 2011 - 8:54pm

Gov. Sean Parnell has included four Juneau residents among appointments to various state boards, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.

Ken Kreitzer has been appointed to the Alaska Judicial Council, Richard Knapp to the State Officers Compensation Commission, and Alavini Lata and Robert Coghill Jr. to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Kreitzer will help the Alaska Judicial Council nominate candidates to the governor for any vacancy in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court, District Court, public defender, or administrative tax law court. In addition to nominating judicial candidates, the council makes recommendations for the improvement of the administration of justice and evaluates judges who are standing for retention election.

Kreitzer is appointed to a seat on the council reserved for a non-attorney member of the public.

“I think my career will give me a well-rounded perspective,” Kreitzer said. “I have always been one of those people who always looked to volunteer in some way to serve people and serve Alaska. I am 56 years old and had a lot of life experiences, seen a lot of good and a lot of bad, I just thought it was my time since I was retired to dedicate a large portion of my time to this.”

Kreitzer has more than 25 years of public safety experience including work as a correctional officer in Juneau, airport safety officer in Cold Bay, police officer in New Mexico, professional firefighter in Ohio and emergency medical technician in Ohio and Cold Bay. Kreitzer also served on the Cold Bay City Council and as city treasurer and is a member of Citizens Advisory Commission on Federal Areas. He formerly served as a legislative liaison for corrections and as a former member of the board of directors for the corrections chapter of PSEA. Kreitzer holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Wright State University.

Knapp’s seat on the State Officer’s Compensation Commission aides in reviews of the salaries, benefits, and allowances of members of the Legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive department head and prepares a report on its findings at least every two years.

Knapp served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951-1984, including as the comptroller of the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. After completing his bachelor’s degree in engineering at the Coast Guard Academy, Knapp earned a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University. Knapp eventually retired with the rank of rear admiral and commander of the 17th Coast Guard District. Knapp then served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities from 1984-86; vice president with the Alaska Railroad Corporation from 1987-95; and senior vice president of Harbor Enterprises, Inc. from 1995-2000.

Coghill and Lata’s duties to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will be to act in advisory capacity to the Legislature, governor, and state agencies regarding the special problems that alcoholism or drug abuse present for mental health. They also support educational research, public informational activities, and legal reform that improve rehabilitation.

Lata has worked as an accounting technician for the state of Alaska since 2008. Previously Lata held management positions with the Westmark Baranof Hotel and at a power plant in Honolulu. Lata volunteers as a high school tennis coach, a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as a member of the Juneau Human Rights Commission. Lata holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Kaplan University. His board seat is one reserved for a public member.

Coghill is reappointed to his public member seat. He currently serves as the accounting manager of REACH, Inc., a non-profit organization. Coghill has worked as the executive director of the United Youth Courts of Alaska and the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska, and has held senior management positions with Big Brothers Big Sister of Alaska, the National Senior Service Corps, Yutana Barge Lines and Yukon Fuel Company, K’oyitl’ots’ina Limited, the Nenana Ice Classic, and the Alaska National Bank of the North.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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