Juneau man reappointed to seat on state board

Owen to serve on Marine Transportation Advisory Board

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed three people, including a Juneau man, to three-year terms on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.

Patrick Owen of Juneau holds a seat on the board reserved for a current or retired member of a labor union representing employees of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

He was a member of the Inland Boatmen's Union of the Pacific, and retired after 13 years of service with the AMHS and spent much of his career in the marine industry, including as a marine engineer, crewman and commercial fishermen.

The 11-member board advises the state on issues related to AMHS.

Also reappointed to the board were Gerry Hope of Sitka and Seth Church of Fairbanks.

Parnell also reappointed Jim Sepel of Juneau to the Boating Safety Advisory Council, a seven-member advisory board that helps write boating regulations, recommends boating safety educational materials and promotes boating safety education programs.

Sepel is a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and currently the president of Sepel & Son Marine Surveying Inc.

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