- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A selection team will forward for Gov. Sean Parnell’s consideration finalists from among 27 applicants to serve as adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard.

The team, appointed by Parnell, includes Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, adjutant general for Arizona; Parnell aides Cindy Sims and Randy Ruaro and state labor commissioner Dianne Blumer.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said the panel represents a cross section of expertise, including labor, legal and military matters. She said the panel is conducting interviews this week.

Parnell plans to personally interview the finalists. Applicants include Brig. Gen. Leon “Mike” Bridges, the acting adjutant general.

The position opened up after Parnell asked for the resignation of Thomas Katkus following release of a scathing report into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Guard.

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