- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker is continuing to fill out his Cabinet, naming Heidi Drygas to be state labor commissioner.

Drygas previously served as general counsel for the Alaska District Council of Laborers. Walker said Drygas has extensive experience in labor relations and will be an asset to his administration.

Drygas replaces Dianne Blumer. Her appointment is subject to legislative approval.

Walker also announced that Larry Hartig would remain as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Walker cited Hartig’s commitment to public service and knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues. Hartig has held the position since 2007.

Walker named Darwin Peterson as his legislative director. Peterson most recently served as chief of staff to Republican Sen. Bert Stedman of Sitka.

Walker made the announcements by news release on Friday.

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