Gov.-elect Dunleavy chooses Tamika Ledbetter as labor commissioner

Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy on Friday announced the appointment of Tamika Ledbetter as his commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“She’s worked in the department for some time, she comes with great recommendations,” Dunleavy said at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Anchorage for the Alaska Farm Bureau’s annual banquet. “She’s had a lot of administrative experience, her educational background is terrific.”

Ledbetter is currently a regional manager for the agency’s Anchorage and Matanuska Susitna Valley region. She’s registered as a Republican, according to state voter registration data.

Ledbetter is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has a doctorate degree and master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, according to information from the Dunleavy transition team. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University.

Dunleavy, a Republican replacing independent Gov. Bill Walker, has also announced Corri Feige to head the Alaska Natural Resources Department. Feige was Oil and Gas Division director under Walker for a year and a half until October 2016.