- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker hopes to have all his appointments in place in the next several weeks.

Walker took office Dec. 1, and so far has named a handful of permanent department heads, including Gary Folger, a Public Safety commissioner under former Gov. Sean Parnell kept on by Walker.

Walker was asked Tuesday whether he planned to keep Mike Hanley in place as Education commissioner and Larry Hartig as head of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Both also served under Parnell.

Walker said he wouldn’t read too much into Hanley and Hartig remaining in place but said he would consider retaining both.

If Hanley is not asked to stay, the board of education would get involved. By law, the board would pick a new commissioner, subject to approval by the governor.

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