Nonresident begins term on Alaska assessment board

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says a California man can legally serve on the state board that sets tax value for oil industry property despite not being a resident.

Parnell appointed former oil company executive Dennis Mandell of Salinas, Calif., to the State Assessment Review board.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ckNNz4) reports state law requires that board appointees be registered Alaska voters.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says in an email response to questions that the Alaska Constitution only requires an appointee to be a U.S. citizen.

She also says a 1973 Alaska House Finance Committee report on the bill that created the board said it was the "feeling" of the committee that a governor should be able to appoint experts on property assessment from wherever they be found.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com