A May 5 joint meeting of the Alaska House and Senate voted on Gov. Frank Murkowskiís commissioner and board appointments.
Approvals included: David Marquez as attorney general; Kurt Fredriksson as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation; McKie Campbell as commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game; and Dan Seamount and Cathy Foerster as Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission commissioners.
Marquez, 59, is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He has practiced law in Alaska for more than 30 years. He was general counsel for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and worked for ARCO for more than 20 years as an associate general counsel serving in Anchorage and as vice president and chief counsel and vice president of External Affairs and Environment, Health and Safety for ARCO Alaska. He was the chief assistant attorney general, Legislative and Regulations Section in the Alaska Department of Law and most recently acting deputy attorney general in the departmentís Civil Division.
Fredriksson, 54, graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelorís degree in geography and a masterís degree in environmental studies. He worked in the Office of Coastal Management from 1979 to 1990, before moving to the Department of Environmental Conservation. He has served as acting commissioner and director of the Spill Prevention and Response Division.
Campbell, 54, is a graduate of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. A former deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Campbell also served as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Walter Hickel and as a special assistant to the Fish and Game commissioner. Since 1995 he has been a natural resource consultant. He also worked for nine years as staff in the Alaska Senate.
Seamount is the longest-serving of the three commissioners currently on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He was appointed to the geologist seat in 2000; his current six-year appointment expires in 2011.
He holds the seat designated for a geologist and before joining the commission worked as a geologist for Chevron U.S.A., Marathon Oil and Union Oil Company of California.
Foerster fills a seat designated for a petroleum engineer; her appointment expires in March 2007. A reservoir engineer, she has most recently been with PRA. Over her career she has worked for Exxon, ARCO Oil & Gas, ARCO Exploration & Production Technology, ARCO Alaska and BP.