Dunleavy makes second Admin commissioner appointment
Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday has elevated policy advisor Kelly Tshibaka to serve as his Department of Administration commissioner, one week after he accepted Jonathan Quick’s resignation, after the appointee found himself caught up in accusations of lying on his resume and to a Senate panel.
In a news release, Dunleavy touted Tshibaka’s 16 years of leadership experience with the federal government and intelligence oversight roles. Tshibaka, an attorney, worked for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission.
“Her resume speaks for itself — a born and raised Alaskan, a stellar background and education, and work experience tested at the highest levels of the federal government,” Dunleavy said in a prepared statement.
“My message from the start has been government can and should be managed better, more efficiently, and with far greater outcomes,” he said. “Kelly has succeeded in these areas.”
The appointment comes on the heels of Dunleavy naming Tshibaka's husband, Niki Tshibaka, to a deputy commissioner post with the Department of Education and Early Development.
In a Tuesday news release, the department called the hire " an addition to the leadership team at DEED specifically to prioritize student safety and well-being."
Last week, things unraveled for Dunleavy’s first appointment.
In a Senate Finance and State Affairs committee hearing, Quick talked about his work as part-owner and developer for a Tacoma-area cafe and frozen yogurt business. But one day after the hearing, the company’s owner contradicted Quick’s resume claims as well as portions of his testimony. Some lawmakers questioned Dunleavy’s vetting process after a simple background check by a few Senate Democrats began exposing inconsistent claims.
On Thursday, Dunleavy’s office said, Tshibaka’s “work history, experience and background working for the government at the high levels will help expedite her confirmation process.”
They added that she has an active top-level clearance, "thanks to her work with several federal agencies."
Tshibaka must still be confirmed by the Legislature and go before certain committees.
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