Parnell Appoints New Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Governor Sean Parnell’s recent decision to tap Susan Bell as Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner came with relatively little fanfare. She replaced Emil Notti – a Palin appointee and longtime public servant – who once served as Community and Regional Affairs Commissioner under Democratic Governor Bill Sheffield. Notti resigned July 9 with no notice. Bell had been working as a special assistant to the governor, where she helped craft a bill reducing the state’s cruise ship passenger head tax.

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