Kendall testifies against Price at confirmation hearing

    Scott Kendall is the former chief-of-staff to Gov. Bill Walker.

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to lead the Alaska Department of Public Safety says she was surprised by the testimony against her nomination by a former supervisor.

    Amanda Price, whom Dunleavy tapped to be Public Safety commissioner, was an adviser to former Gov. Bill Walker.

    Scott Kendall, who was a chief of staff to Walker, told a House committee Thursday Price suffered from chronic absenteeism and that he gave her a choice of resigning or being fired.

    Kendall's predecessor in that role, Jim Whitaker, and former deputy chief of staff Marcia Davis supported Price.

    Price said she was listening to the hearing by phone. She said Thursday was the first time she had heard allegations of absenteeism.

    She also said work performance issues were never raised with her.

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