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Deputy commissioner to fill in for Tshibaka

Department of Administration head left for Senate campaign

Department of Administration Deputy Commissioner Amanda Holland will serve as acting commissioner following the departure of Kelly Tshibaka, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said in a news release. The governor said in a statement Holland will serve as acting commissioner until a suitable replacement can be found.

Tshibaka announced Monday she was leaving the department to begin a political campaign aimed at unseating Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Murkowski was recently censured by the Alaska Republican Party for several of her past decisions, most notably voting to convict former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial following the Jan. 6, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

[Department of Administration head announces Senate run]

Holland has worked for the state for over a decade, previously serving as Management Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 2019. In an email, DOA spokesperson Kelly Hanke said Holland is committed to ensuring that the vital services of DOA remain efficient, transparent and effective to and for Alaskans throughout the entire state.

Tshibaka’s departure from the department was effective immediately Monday, Hanke said.

• Contact reporter Peter Segall at psegall@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SegallJnuEmpire.

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