Bill Brown of Juneau resigned from the Alaska Board of Fisheries Monday, citing “personal reasons” in his decision.
Brown, originally appointed in 2008 by then-Gov. Sarah Palin, had a year and a half left in his term.
In an email Wednesday, Brown said he was not forced out of the seat.
“No one asked me to resign and there are no health issues that forced me to resign,” Brown wrote.
Brown’s vacant seat will be filled by gubernatorial appointment.
The seven-member Board of Fisheries sets fishery policy in the state of Alaska and makes allocations for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Its next meeting is in Anchorage next week.