Ex-senator named deputy commissioner

Posted: Friday, June 09, 2000

Former state Sen. Jim Duncan has been appointed a deputy commissioner in the state Department of Administration.

Duncan, a Democrat who retired from the Legislature after the 1998 legislative session, has been a special assistant to the Administration commissioner on labor issues since February 1999. During that time he oversaw negotiation of new labor contracts with the state's 12 public employee unions.

He will be the department's second deputy commissioner. ``What we're doing really is expanding the management team to help ensure we can do a good job of delivering public services,'' Duncan said.

Administration Commissioner Bob Poe said Duncan proved to be a ``really solid manager'' in working with the various labor contract negotiating teams. ``What I found was that Jim could work with anybody. ... He just went in and built teams.''

Duncan will make $77,808 a year in his new job, a raise from his current pay of $75,036.

Previously the department had just one deputy commissioner, Alison Elgee, plus one assistant commissioner, David Koivuniemi.

Elgee will remain a deputy commissioner, while Koivuniemi will become special assistant to the commissioner for labor relations. Koivuniemi will continue to be paid his current salary of $86,808.

In his new job Duncan will oversee the divisions of Personnel, Motor Vehicles, General Services and Risk Management. He will also have responsibility for the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Elgee oversees the divisions of Finance, Retirement and Benefits, Administration, Pioneers' Homes, Senior Services and the Office of Public Advocacy.

Duncan has a master's degree in business administration from Oregon State University and has served on the Juneau Assembly, in the state House of Representatives and in the state Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. House seat in 1998.

He has been an adjunct professor of public administration and government at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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