- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has picked an attorney with oil and gas experience as his new commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.

Walker on Thursday announced the appointment of Andy Mack. He replaces Mark Myers, who retired in February.

Marty Rutherford has been working as acting commissioner. She is retiring June 30 but was named Thursday as a trustee on the Permanent Fund Corp. board.

Mack is a managing director of Pt Capital, a private equity fund.

He was born and raised in Soldotna and is an adviser to Alaska Native corporations involved with North Slope oil and gas activity.

Mack worked as a civil and criminal defense attorney for five years and as a legislative assistant for more than 10 years.

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