A key player in Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration is retiring.

Tuckerman Babcock, a senior policy advisor and former chief of staff for the governor, submitted a letter of resignation dated Aug. 22. His retirement is effective Aug. 30.

The announcement came from the governor's office late Friday afternoon. In a prepared statement, Dunleavy said:

“I thank my friend and colleague Tuckerman Babcock for his steadfast work in leading my transition and early set-up of my administration. His work and contribution to Alaska over these many years is appreciated and will be greatly missed. I wish Tuckerman nothing but the best in retirement and his desire to spend more time with his family and many grandchildren.”

In the letter, Babcock wrote that he initially planned to retire in December 2018, but said he couldn't turn down the newly elected governor's request to lead the transition team.

Babcock was reassigned to a role as senior policy advisory for strategic affairs in late July. Ben Stevens, a former Senate president, took Babcock's place as chief of staff.

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