Silence speaks volumes
In a Sept. 8 letter to the editor, John Mielke of Skagway stated that in the eight years of the Knowles-Ulmer administration the "migration of state departments from Juneau has accelerated." The facts do not support that statement.
According to a State of Alaska Workforce Profile prepared by the Division of Personnel in the Department of Administration, the number of executive branch positions in Juneau has increased by 124 since the Knowles-Ulmer administration took office in December 1994.
On Dec. 15, 1994, Juneau had 3,473 executive branch positions or about 25 percent of the statewide total. As of June 30, 2002, the number of Juneau based executive branch positions had increased to 3,597 and remained at 25 percent of the statewide total.
Even in difficult budget times, Juneau is maintaining the positions that are necessary to serve the central state government needs that should be provided in the state capital.
Department of Administration