Juneau Assemblymember David Stone will serve as chief of staff to new Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, he said Monday after Treadwell and Gov. Sean Parnell were sworn in at Centennial Hall.
Stone said he'd been happy in his current job as deputy commissioner in the Department of Labor, but couldn't turn down the potentially high profile post in the state's No. 2 executive office.
The new job will not require he give up his Assembly seat, he said.
Treadwell, addressing the inauguration crowd, outlined an agenda linked to that of Parnell, his running mate, of "determining our destiny for ourselves."
To do that, Treadwell said Alaska needs good schools, and "a powerhouse university."
The state needs to recommit to building infrastructure, and Treadwell quoted former Gov. Wally Hickel, who died in the last year, about the state's responsibility as the owner of its resources to develop them responsibly.
Stone said as a longtime mining advocate, that issue may be a place where he can play a role in the new administration.
Treadwell also said he backed the Parnell agenda from his first 18-month term as governor to try to combat the state's social problems and address the needs of the people.
"Government appropriately helps us care for the helpless, but government must not make people helpless by the care it provides," he said.
Stone was re-elected to a three-year term on the Assembly in 2009. Prior to working as a deputy commissioner at the Department of Labor, he was a vice-president with Alaska Electric Light & Power.
He is a historian and expert on mining in the area. Stone said he officially began work for the lieutenant governor on Monday.
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