Here is the press release from the Governor’s office announcing the move:
Governor Walker Announces Structural Staffing Changes
Jim Whitaker Appointed Senior Advisor on Major Projects; Scott Kendall as Chief of Staff
November 15, 2016 ANCHORAGE–Governor Bill Walker announced today the appointment of Jim Whitaker as Senior Advisor on Major Projects and Scott Kendall as Chief of Staff, effective December 2.
“For the past two years, Jim has worked on critically important projects, in addition to his Chief of Staff duties,” Governor Walker said. “This change will allow Jim to focus on completing these projects and serve as the point person for others.”
Mr. Whitaker will continue to work on the Interior Energy Project; the efforts to find efficiencies within the Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; and other initiatives.
“Scott will be a significant asset to this administration as we enter the second half of this term,” Governor Walker said. “For the past decade, Scott has worked throughout the state and across party lines with many Alaskans on a range of issues. My team and I will be relying heavily on his strategic counsel and experience as we focus on fixing Alaska’s budget deficit and solving our fiscal crisis.”
Mr. Kendall has worked for members of Alaska’s congressional delegation, including Senator Ted Stevens. Kendall earned his juris doctorate from University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Kendall has practiced law in Alaska for more than 10 years–at Anchorage firms Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot, and at Holmes, Weddle & Barcott. He also worked as a law clerk for Alaska Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert Coats. Mr. Kendall serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Best Beginnings.
Adjustments will be made within the governor’s office to accomplish these changes within the existing budget.