Commerce Dept. names new deputy commissioner

O'Tierney moves over from Dept. of Law to fill new position

A new deputy commissioner has been named to the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development by Commissioner Susan Bell.


Daniel Patrick O’Tierney will join the department Monday, overseeing three regulatory and consumer protection divisions. He was previously with the Department of Law.

The divisions of Banking and Securities; Corporations, Professional and Business Licensing; and Insurance will move from Deputy Commissioner Curtis Thayer to O’Tierney’s new position.

“Daniel’s legal expertise, coupled with his professional experience in regulatory affairs and consumer protection, are a valuable addition to our team,” said Commissioner Susan Bell.

O’Tierney and Thayer will both be based in Anchorage; Bell works out of Juneau.

Bell said a second deputy commissioner position was needed because of new management responsibilities for Thayer, including overseeing the new Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and implementation of the state’s tourism marketing program.

Responsibilities for the Division of Economic Development, the Division of Community and Regional Affairs, and the Serve Alaska Commission will remain with Thayer.

Prior to joining DCCED, O’Tierney established the Regulatory Affairs and Public Advocacy (RAPA) section of the Alaska Department of Law. He was admitted to the Alaska Bar in 1985 and worked as an attorney in Anchorage and served on the Alaska Public Utilities Commission.

The mission of the department is to promote a healthy economy, strong communities, and protect consumers

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