Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named Amanda Holland to serve as acting budget director while extending outgoing director Donna Arduin’s term two weeks.

The announcement came late Tuesday in a news release, which said Holland will help the administration draft a fiscal year 2021 budget, which must be submitted no later than Dec. 15.

“While we look to fill this role on a permanent basis, I’m excited to have Amanda Holland step in as Acting OMB Director,” Dunleavy said in a prepared statement. “Not only does she bring years of knowledge and management experience to the table, she is well-suited to lead OMB and our departments in building out the FY21 budget.”

Holland has worked for five different state agencies spanning more than two decades, including stints with the Departments of Administration, Public Safety, Corrections and Community and Regional Affairs. 

Before coming to the budget office, she worked for the Department of Transportation as an administrative services director tasked with budgets, support services and workforce development.

Last month, Dunleavy announced Arduin would be moved from director to an advisor position. 

Tuesday was scheduled to be her last day, but Dunleavy said he extended her tenure two weeks while contract terms are being worked out.

In a separate announcement Tuesday, Dunleavy named Deputy Chief of Staff Jeremy Price to become a commissioner with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

 “Jeremy Price shares my vision for a state that is both economically competitive and protects the interest of Alaskans,” Dunleavy said. “I welcome him into this new role as Chair of AOGCC and look forward to his work to prevent waste of our natural resources while ensuring our regulatory environment yields greater recovery of Alaska’s oil, gas, and geothermal potential.”

Price must still be confirmed by the Legislature next year.

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