After leading Alaska Health Department, Adam Crum named state’s revenue commissioner

Alaska Department of Health Commissioner Adam Crum speaks to reporters on Oct. 4, 2022 at the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Lab in Anchorage. (Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)

Adam Crum, former head of Alaska’s Department of Health, will be taking over the Department of Revenue. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the move in a statement on Monday.

Along with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, Crum has been one of the main faces delivering health and safety updates to Alaskans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dunleavy described him as a “skilled and dedicated public servant,” in a statement. Previous revenue commissioner Lucinda Mahoney retired on Sep. 9. Acting commissioner Deven Mitchell has headed the department since Mahoney’s departure.

Crum served as commissioner of the state’s Department of Health and Social Services from 2018 until February of last year, when the department was split and Crum was named head of the Health Department.

Heidi Hedberg, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services public health director, discusses the state of the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 26, 2021. (Photo by Matthew Faubion/Alaska Public Media)

Heidi Hedberg was named acting health commissioner Monday. Hedberg has worked for the department since 2009, recently serving as director for the Division of Public Health.

Hedberg and Crum are set to start their new jobs on Wednesday.

Crum’s position is subject to approval from the Legislature. While Alaska’s election hasn’t been certified yet, Dunleavy is in a comfortable position in his bid for reelection, with 52% of first-place votes — just over the threshold to avoid a ranked choice runoff election.

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