Matt Shuckerow is leaving his post as Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s press secretary, for undisclosed new pursuits.

Dunleavy announced on social media that Shuckerow will be leaving “later this month,” and Deputy Communications Director Jeff Turner will serve as interim press secretary.

In a tweet, Dunleavy said, "I wish Press Secretary Matt Shuckerow all the best as he moves on to new endeavors later this month. He has proven to be an invaluable member of my team, respected for his strong work ethic and commitment to serving Alaskans. I thank him for his service to the State.”

Shuckerow, a Dimond High School graduate, arrived in January, already well known in Washington D.C.’s political circles for his work with U.S. Rep. Don Young and Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.

Shuckerow joined Dunleavy’s team after serving as deputy communications director for Sullivan who is finishing his first six-year term in office next year.

Shuckerow quickly became the point person for an administration that faced a great deal of legislative and public pushback for some of Dunleavy’s budget policies.

"While I'm sad to be leaving the Governor’s office — and I'd be remiss if I didn't extend my sincere gratitude to the Governor and the Alaska press corps — I'm excited to be moving on to new endeavors outside of the administration,” Shuckerow said in an emailed statement.

Since lawmakers closed out a second special session in early August, the administration has undergone several major changes. Former chief of staff and special assistant Tuckerman Babcock retired, Donna Arduin is no longer budget director, and deputy chief of staff Jeremy Price was appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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