Walker Names Transportation Commissioner

There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries.

Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named Marc Luiken as his commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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Luiken served in the same post from 2010 to 2012 under Gov. Sean Parnell. He’s a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who also worked on oil production with ConocoPhillips.

Walker says he liked Luiken’s approach the last time he was commissioner.

“He has somewhat of a shared vision I have, as far as what can be done in the Department of Transportation,” Walker said. “I think there’s some more efficiencies we can do, do things differently than they’ve been done over the past.”

Walker removed acting Commissioner Pat Kemp, a Parnell administration holdover, from the post January 12th.

Kemp and two other officials were told to resign after they released a report Walker said criticized his freeze of transportation megaprojects, including the Juneau Access Road.

Kemp said it was an informational report, not a challenge.