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NEWS: Senate Democrats Call On Governor To Withdraw Appointment

For Immediate Release: March 10th, 2014

Senate Democrats Call On Governor To Withdraw Appointment

SARB appointee a California resident, appointment a violation of Alaska statute

        JUNEAU – Today, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus called on Governor Parnell to withdraw his appointment of Mr. Dennis Mandel, of Salinas, California, to the State Assessment Review Board. 

        “State law is extremely clear on this point.  Members of state boards must be state residents.  Mr. Mandell is not a state resident, and his appointment must be withdrawn.  While some question Mr. Mandell’s professional qualifications as an assessor or his ability to be impartial given his past employment as an oil industry executive, these questions do not disqualify Mr. Mandell from service.  Mr. Mandell’s established state of residency precludes him from serving on an Alaskan board or commission,” stated Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage). 

        AS 39.05.100 states that “[a] person appointed to a board or commission of state government shall be and have been before the last general election, (1) a registered voter in the state, if the appointment is made at large or (2) a registered voter from the judicial district, if the appointment is made from a specific judicial district.”

        Mr. Mandell began serving on the State Assessment Review Board on March 1st, at which time he was both a registered voter and a resident of the state of California.

        To view the letter, click here:

        For more information contact Senator French at (907) 465-3892.




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