Dunleavy names new budget director

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils his budget on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at the Capitol in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy named a new Office of Management and Budget director on Monday.

Juneau resident Neil Steininger starts Tuesday, just in time for the first day of the legislative session.

The position has had an acting director since Donna Arduin left in September. Arduin drew a lot of criticism during her time with the Dunleavy administration. Critics often brought up that she moved to Alaska for the job.

Unlike Arduin, Steininger is a lifelong Alaskan and has been with the Office of Management and Budget for several years.

Dunleavy spokesperson Jeff Turner sent a written statement saying that Steininger’s experience in finance and state government make him a good choice to run the office. He added that he has the institutional knowledge and relationships with staff to “lead the department through the challenges of creating a sustainable and affordable state budget.”

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