Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general.

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Walker said in a release that Craig Richards will serve as attorney general. Richards said he’ll be reviewing the status of the National Guard investigation and the state’s lawsuit that is trying to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage.

Walker also announced that he will retain Gary Folger as the public safety commissioner.

He said a former University of Alaska-Fairbanks vice chancellor, Pat Pitney, will be his budget director. She replaces Karen Rehfeld, who retired last Friday after 35 years with the state.

He also announced that Guy Bell will be retained as director of administrative services for the governor’s office.