Palin appoints two with Juneau ties to state positions

John MacKinnon to work on investment board, Romer Derr on historical commission

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Two construction industry representatives with Juneau ties have been appointed to state positions by Gov. Sarah Palin.

John MacKinnon, a former Juneau Assembly member and deputy commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, has been appointed to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, which oversees employment education and training programs.

He is the executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska and is a former Juneau resident who now lives in Anchorage.

MacKinnon was a building contractor in Juneau before working for DOT in a job in which he oversaw state highways.

He also served for a time as acting commissioner of the department.

Palin also appointed Romer Derr of Harri Plumbing and Heating to the Alaska Historical Commission.

Romer serves on the Juneau Harbor Board and the board of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. He began working at Harri in 1962 and has been its president and owner since 1978.

The nine-member commission advises the governor and Legislature on Alaska's history, oversees the state's historic preservation plan and develops criteria for evaluating monuments and historic sites.

Derr has collected and preserved Alaska historical documents and artifacts since moving to Alaska in 1956.

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