FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin has received an in-depth report on statewide issues from teams of volunteers helping her take over the reins from former Gov. Frank Murkowski.
Teams representing the state's 14 departments met with Palin, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and their chiefs of staff on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"You really felt like you had the governor's full attention," said Charlie Boddy of Fairbanks. Boddy was one of two transition team leaders for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
The teams reviewed transition reports from Murkowski's administration and met with current department heads. Each team had to write up a report and make recommendations to the new administration.
The reports will be made public but for now the administration is keeping them private and treating them like staff recommendations, Palin's spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said.
Among resources available to the transition teams were comments posted to the governor's Web site through a program called Voices Across Alaska. Through the program, any Alaskan could share ideas on how the departments were doing and what they could do better.
At least 800 comments have been submitted, according to Stapleton.
Dick Bishop, who helped lead the transition team for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said his team received dozens of comments and incorporated them into the report.
All comments will be read and considered, according to Mike Tibbles, Palin's chief of staff.
Tibbles said some people who made comments assumed the process would be confidential. He wants to make them public as long as they didn't involve recommendations about individual personnel, he said.
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