Dept. of Administration Commisioner-appointee Jonathan Quick resigns; new acting commissioner named

Published: Jan. 24, 2019 at 6:34 PM AKST
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Gov. Dunleavy accepted the resignation of Dept. of Administration Commissioner-appointee Jonathan Quick Thursday evening, and named Paula Vrana as acting commissioner. The move follows scrutiny over Quick's résumé and work history, according to a release from the Governor's office.

"Though I strongly refute some of the claims made against me over the last 48-hours, I do not want to become a distraction to your agenda, and the positive work you are doing on behalf of Alaskans," Quick wrote in his resignation letter. "As a result, I will resign my post as Commissioner Designee of the Department of Administration effective immediately."

Dunleavy subsequently announced the appointment of Paula Vrana as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Administration.

Vrana is an attorney who joined DOA on Jan. 2, according to a letter announcing her appointment.

“Earlier this evening, Commissioner Designee Jonathan Quick resigned," Governor Dunleavy said. "I appreciate his willingness to serve the people of Alaska and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Multiple media outlets reported accusations that Quick lied about his work history in testimony and on a résumé, which was submitted to the Senate Finance committee Tuesday.

Quick sought to dispel questions regarding the accuracy of his work history after allegations surfaced questioning the validity of his claims.

In a letter to members of the Senate Finance and Senate State Affairs committees, Quick apologized to senators for claiming he sold an equity stake in a business — Anthem Coffee & Tea and Elements Frozen Yogurt, both based in Puyallup, Washington — after the owner of the businesses claimed in a letter that Quick had never been an owner, and whose employment was terminated in 2012.

This is a developing story.
KTUU's Sean Maguire and Beth Verge contributed to this story.