Jonathan Quick resigns as Commissioner-Designee of Dept. of Administration

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Michael J. Dunleavy accepted the resignation Thursday of Jonathan Quick, Commissioner-Designee for the Department of Administration, and named Paula Vrana as Acting Commissioner of Administration.

    Department of Administration Commissioner Jonathan Quick tendered his resignation after earlier Thursday clarifying comments he made during a confirmation hearing.

    In his resignation letter, Quick says he doesn't want to become a distraction. The letter was released hours after a Dunleavy spokesman said the administration stood behind Quick.

    During his confirmation hearing, a senator asked Quick when he sold an interest in Seattle-area coffee and frozen yogurt businesses. He answered in 2014.

    An owner of the businesses disputed Quick's characterization of his work and said he never had an ownership stake.

    Earlier Thursday, in a letter to senators, Quick said he should have clarified that he parted ways with the company, rather than selling an ownership stake.

    Dunleavy was also informed by the Department of Administration that Art Chance declined to accept his offer of employment.

    When asked for comment, Governor Michael J. Dunleavy stated, “This decision is for the best.”

    Chance has been a columnist on the conservative political blog Must Read Alaska and, according to blogger Suzanne Downing, it was Chance's "sometimes raw language on Facebook that was becoming an issue, in light of the dismissal of former Assistant Attorney General Libby Bakalar, who kept a savage and coarse blog going during the Walker Administration."




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