Governor Sean Parnell has appointed Juneau resident Dick Knapp to the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to state officials on the Alaska ferry system.
Knapp is a retired Coast Guard admiral and former Alaska Department of Transportation commissioner. He also served as vice president of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, and senior vice president of Harbor Enterprises, Inc.
He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MBA in financial management from George Washington University.
More recently Knapp has been chairman of Citizens Pro Road, a group pushing for the Juneau Access project. Environmental groups have criticized the plan to build a Lynn Canal Highway north of Juneau. They argue the state should dedicate more resources to the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Knapp was appointed to a seat reserved for a captain or engineer. He joins Juneau Chamber of Commerce Director Cathie Roemmich as Capital City representatives on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.
Governor Parnell also appointed Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson, Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt, and Haines resident Robert Venables to the MTAB. Marquardt and Venables were reappointed. It’s the first appointment for Branson.
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