The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) says it’s hired a Texas-based firm — B+R Partners — to help in its search for a new president.

Former president Dan Fauske resigned last month, shortly after the governor fired AGDC board chair John Burns.

Hugh Short, now vice-chair of the AGDC board, says the corporation is embarking on a global search to find the best talent available.

“The board is firmly focused on making sure that we get the best candidate, who has a track record and experience in building gas lines,” said Short, who’s on the committee involved recruiting personnel to the corporation.

Short says he has not set a limit for how much the state will pay the chosen candidate.

“It’s really depending on experience,” said Short. “We’re fully prepared to go into those negotiations when that happens.”

For their services, Short says B+R Partners will collect a one-time payment equivalent to 30% of the annual salary of the chosen candidate. However, he says that payment to the firm is capped at $150,000.

In the meantime, the AGDC board appointed previous vice president, Fritz Krusen, as interim president.

“We wanted to make sure continuity was front and center in the selection of an interim president,” said Short. “Fritz has been with the corporation for quite a while and has the respect of external and internal stakeholders.”

While Short says Krusen was a logical choice to fill the role in the short-term, the permanent president won’t likely be an internal candidate.

As for the board position vacated last month by former chair John Burns, former vice president Dave Cruz has now assumed the role permanently.