DNR Commissioner Feige resigns, cites need to support her family
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Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige has resigned, effective June 30.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy said June 14 that he “regretfully accepted” Feige’s resignation. He said she has served as commissioner since the beginning of his administration in 2018 - he appointed her to the position Nov. 14, 2018 - and is leaving to devote more time to her family.
“Commissioner Feige is a shining example of what public service can be. Her list of accomplishments during her three years at the helm of DNR was impactful to say the least,” Dunleavy said. “She guided Alaska’s resource development industries through a pandemic without placing their employees at risk, asserted Alaska’s rightful ownership over submerged lands and positioned the state to be more self-reliant and food secure. Her legacy will be with Alaska for many years to come.”
The governor will appoint an interim commissioner by June 30.
FamilyIn a June 13 memorandum to the governor, subject “Retirement,” Feige said: “As you know well, these are demanding jobs. My family has supported me over the past three and a half years as I have served the people of Alaska, delivering your vision and policy goals for a stronger, more vibrant Alaska, free of Federal interference, and able to develop its resources under the strictest environmental standards in the world while providing good family wage jobs. I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish.
“Due to recent developments, the time has come for me to return the support my family has so generously shown.”
Feige has had her own company, The Castle Mountain Group, where she was president and principal from 2016-18.
She was director of the Division of Oil and Gas from 2015-16, leaving to return to The Castle Mountain Group.
She was at The Castle Mountain Group from 2014-15, and earlier from 2005-10, leaving to become general manager, Alaska, of Linc Energy Operations from 2010-14, and manager, governmental affairs and public relations for Pioneer Natural Resources/Evergreen Resources (Alaska) from 2003-05.
Before The Castle Mountain Group, Feige was consultant geophysicist/owner of Aurora Geophysical Services.
She has a Bachelor of Science in geophysical engineer from the College of Engineering, Montana School of Mines.
- KRISTEN NELSON