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Parnell Appoints Balash DNR Commissioner
Gov. Sean Parnell has named Joe Balash Natural Resources commissioner.
JUNEAU- Gov. Sean Parnell has named Joe Balash Natural Resources commissioner.
Balash had been acting commissioner since Dan Sullivan resigned in September to run for U.S. Senate. Before that, he served as a deputy commissioner, with oversight of divisions including the Division of Oil and Gas and gas pipeline project office.
He also was a public face of the administration's successful effort to pass an oil tax overhaul during the last legislative session.
Balash has served as a legislative aide and was a special assistant for energy and natural resources in the governor's office for four years before being named a deputy commissioner in December 2010.
Parnell, in a statement, said Balash has a solid understanding of the department and resource development issues.
The appointment is subject to legislative confirmation.