David Stone has been named deputy commissioner of the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a position he previously held.
The announcement of the new position was made Tuesday by Commissioner Click Bishop, who said current Deputy Commissioner Tom Nelson is leaving to pursue other interests.
Stone, a three-term member of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will, among other duties, focus on the department’s mine training programs.
“When he was deputy (commissioner) before, one of his interests was in mining education programs, and he has already been working with Greens Creek and Coeur on training programs,” said department spokesperson Beth Leschper.
After Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell won office a year ago, Stone became Treadwell’s chief of staff. He left that position earlier this year to return to the department in its assistant commissioner position, No. 3 in the department. Now, he’ll be in the department’s No. 2 position, and act as commissioner in the absence of Bishop, she said.
Replacing Stone as assistant commissioner will be Greg Cashen, son of Juneau’s Tom Cashen, a former Labor Commissioner himself. Cashen is currently serving as executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.
Stone is a historian and expert on the region’s mining history, and is author of “Hard Rock Gold” a history of mining in Juneau.
He is a past president of the Alaska Miners Association, and a trustee of the Alaska Miner’s Hall of Fame, and has served as president of AJT Mining Properties and vice-president of Alaska Electric Light and Power.
Cashen, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has been with the AWIB since 2007.
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