Palin chooses new appointments

Dwayne Peeples of Juneau named as a deputy commissioner

Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006

Gov. Sarah Palin's three newest appointees include one from Juneau, one from her hometown of Wasilla and a veteran special counsel to six previous governors in Washington, D.C.

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Staying on as the state's representative in Washington is John Katz, director of state and federal relations and special counsel to the governor.

"John is an institution in our nation's capital," Palin said Thursday.

Katz has served in Washington under governors Jay Hammond, Bill Sheffield, Steve Cowper, Wally Hickel, Tony Knowles and Frank Murkowski.

Palin said she deeply appreciated Katz' efforts and willingness to stay on and assist the state during an important time.

Also appointed were two new deputy commissioners in the Department of Corrections.

Commissioner Joe Schmidt announced that Dwayne Peeples of Juneau and Sam Edwards of Wasilla would be joining him to run the department.

Peeples has been named deputy commissioner for administrative services. He recently retired as health care services director for the Department of Health and Social Services.

He will serve as legislative liaison while overseeing administration, recruitment and inmate health care. He is a former director of administrative services for the department.

Edwards has been named deputy commissioner for operations. He will oversee all facilities and probation/parole field offices for the department.

Schmidt said he was naming them as a team, not as individuals.

For example, he said Peeples and Edwards will be working together on (prison) population management and the prison expansion project.

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