Board of Fish Confirmation Hearing Held Today

The Legislature today voted on Governor’s appointments that needed confirmation including Board of Fish appointee’s and CFEC commissioner.

Peter Froelich was confirmed to CFEC by unanimous consent

Karl Johnstone was confirmed to the Board of Fish on a vote of 50 supporting/8 opposed/ 1 absent and 1 vacant seat

Brent Johnson was NOT confirmed to the Board of Fish on a vote of 16 supporting/ 42 opposed / 1 absent & 1 vacant seat

The Vote was:



Yeas: Austerman, Chenault, Edgmon, Johansen, Kerttula, Munoz, Seaton, Thomas, Wilson 

Nays: Buch, Cissna, Coghill, Crawford, Dahlstrom, Doogan, Fairclough, Gara, Gardner, Gatto, Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Harris, Hawker, Herron, Holmes, Johnson, Joule, Kawasaki, Keller, Kelly, Lynn, Millett, Neuman, Olson, Petersen, Ramras, Salmon, Stoltze, Tuck 

Excused: Foster 




Yeas: Dyson, Hoffman, Kookesh, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Wagoner 

Nays: Bunde, Davis, Ellis, French, Huggins, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Paskvan, Therriault, Thomas, Wielechowski


The Governor issued the following press release regarding the confirmations of appointments:

Governor Palin Thanks Appointees for Public Service  April 16, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today expressed her appreciation to the Alaska State Legislature for confirming 104 Alaskans she appointed to various state positions, offices, boards and commissions. 

     “We are fortunate that Alaskans from every region of the state will gladly take time from their lives, their jobs and their families to shoulder the responsibility of service to the state,” Governor Palin said.  “I thank the legislature for these confirmations, which recognize the generous tradition of public service that is such an important part of the character of Alaskans.” 

     The governor expressed disappointment, however, at the legislature’s failure to confirm her appointment of Brent G. Johnson of Clam Gulch to the Board of Fisheries. 

     “Brent Johnson was both qualified and willing to serve on this high-profile board, and would have been the first Cook Inlet setnetter appointed since Dannie Garroutte was appointed by Governor Jay Hammond in 1975,” she said.  “While it‘s discouraging to see politics undercut Brent’s opportunity for service, I recognize the legislature’s statutory authority not to confirm an appointment.  I remain proud of the many individual Alaskans who spoke up in support of Brent Johnson, and thank the presiding officers for their efforts to keep the process fair.” 

     Under the Alaska Constitution and state law, the governor presented the legislature with the names of those she had appointed to boards since the last regular legislative session, to terms starting on or before March 1.  Her subsequent appointments to the Board of Fisheries, the Board of Game, and the University of Alaska’s Board of Regents met all timelines in state law. 

     The appointments include Alaskans living in 27 different communities around the state.  The geographical range of their hometowns closely matches the regional distribution of Alaska’s population. 

     “By appointing people from communities in every corner of our vast state, we are ensuring that those served by these boards can benefit from the full variety of experience, perspective and insights that Alaskans can bring to the table,” the governor said. 


     For more information on the appointees’ geographical distribution, go to the Boards and Commissions Web site:   


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