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Transportation commissioner ousted following defense of project

By Associated Press 3:15 PM January 12, 2015

State transportation commissioner Patrick Kemp has been ousted following his defense of the department’s pursuit of the Juneau access road.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, Grace Jang, said the administration asked for and received Kemp’s resignation Monday. Jang says Walker insists on having commissioners aligned with his decisions and policies.

Walker recently halted new spending on six large-scale projects, including the road and Knik Arm crossing. He asked that project managers report on potential costs to delay or terminate contracts or obligations.

Kemp, in a letter to Walker’s budget director, defended the Juneau project. The department also raised concerns that the state would have to repay federal funds if it ends work on the road and Knik Arm bridge before those projects are completed.

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