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The Latest: Price calls ex supervisor’s claims surprising

April 12, 2019

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s nominee to head the Department of Public Safety (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s pick to lead the Alaska Department of Public Safety says she was surprised by the testimony against her nomination by a former supervisor.

Amanda Price, whom Dunleavy tapped to be Public Safety commissioner, was an adviser to former Gov. Bill Walker.

Scott Kendall, who was a chief of staff to Walker, told a House committee Thursday Price suffered from chronic absenteeism and that he gave her a choice of resigning or being fired.

Kendall’s predecessor in that role, Jim Whitaker, and former deputy chief of staff Marcia Davis supported Price.

Price said she was listening to the hearing by phone. She said Thursday was the first time she had heard allegations of absenteeism.

She also said work performance issues were never raised with her.

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4:35 p.m.

Two former supervisors of acting Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price offered drastically different views of her work ethic and whether she should be confirmed for the job.

Price was an adviser to former Gov. Bill Walker. Scott Kendall, who was a chief of staff to Walker, told a House committee Thursday that he rarely saw Price and that she suffered from chronic absenteeism. He said she left when he told her she could resign or be fired.

Marcia Davis, who was a deputy chief of staff to Walker, strongly defended Price, painting her as a hard-worker who wasn’t tied to a desk and had meetings that weren’t always on her calendar.

Jim Whitaker, Kendall’s predecessor as chief of staff, also recommended Price for commissioner.

Price didn’t attend the confirmation hearing.