Commissioner of Health and Social Services resigns

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008

JUNEAU - The head of the state's Department of Health and Social Services has resigned.

Commissioner Karleen Jackson gave the department's 3,500 employees one day's notice of her departure. She was one of only three commissioners to live in Juneau.

Jackson wrote in an e-mail to staff that her resignation is effective Friday.

Bill Hogan, deputy commissioner for Family, Community and Integrated Services, will serve as acting commissioner, said Sharon Leighow, spokeswoman for Gov. Sarah Palin.

Jackson did not give a reason for her resignation and was not immediately available for comment.

Leighow said Jackson was leaving to pursue other opportunities, and had not been asked to resign.

Jackson was first appointed to the post in 2006 by former Gov. Frank Murkowski. She was one of only two of his Cabinet appointees to keep their jobs under Gov. Sarah Palin.

More recently Jackson has come under fire from Republican legislators regarding spending within the department.

Department of Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer and Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd are the other commissioners residing in Juneau. Palin does not require commissioners to live in the capital.

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