Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has appointed his former law partner, Craig Richards, to the Permanent Fund Corporation Board.

Richards resigned from his position as Alaska Attorney General in 2016 before becoming an advisor on oil and gas issues for Gov. Walker.

Richards is currently working for the Bering Straits Native Corporation as vice president and general counsel.

In a press release Thursday, Gov. Walker said Richards “is an asset to the Board because of his extensive knowledge of public finance and Permanent Fund policy.”

The board is made up of six governor-appointed members. Richards will fill the public seat vacated by Larry Cash who is still working for Walker’s administration but is “shifting to focus on increasing Alaska’s trade relationships in Asian markets,” according to the press release.