Katie Hurley was chosen to be grand marshal for the 2008 Juneau Fourth of July Parade. Born and raised in Juneau, Hurley worked for the Territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening for 12 years in the 1940s and became chief clerk to the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955.
Hurley was senate secretary for the Territorial Legislature, president of the state Board of Education under Gov. Egan and executive director of the Alaska Commission on the Status of Women under Gov. Cowper. She is a past member of the House of Representatives, served on the State Personnel Board and the State Judiciary Council and is on the Board for the Matanuska Electric Association. She has raised three children and has four grandchildren.
"Katie has always been active in her community statewide and is a staunch supporter of Juneau," said Kim Metcalfe. "Although Katie currently resides in Wasilla, she is a fierce defender of the capital city."