Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made seven board appointments on February 18, 2009. The boards receiving appointees: “Alaska Commission on Aging, Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Governor’s Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities, Statewide Suicide Prevention Council and Statewide Independent Living Council” (Appointments, 2009, Â¶1).
Complete details about each board and the appointees chosen are available in Governor Palin”s press release: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1653
Keeping up with Governor Palin”s accomplishments is fast morphing into a full-time job for me — and if documenting the accomplishments is a job, that should give you an idea of what it takes to actually achieve the things the Governor does. Knowing the hours she keeps — her days start at 4 AM, according to the latest unauthorized biography and probably end at midnight or 1 AM — she’s got to be pulling 80-hour weeks, running on three or four hours sleep a night — and doing the work of many people. No wonder she’s addicted to mocha espressos – and probably does not realize it but she is my mocha pusher, having gotten me started on the habit back in October
I find documenting her accomplishments to be an inspiring activity and a joy — and hope those of you who read them feel the same way — and especially those of you who have doubts about Governor Palin — that maybe, you’ll change your minds and hearts and understand exactly what this amazing woman accomplishes each day.
The board appointment is probably the most routine, mundane task that a governor performs — or maybe it’s because Gov. Palin makes it look so easy. But, it really is not. It is so often unsung and never published, except on a gubernatorial website. Yet, this is a very important job function, for it reflects greatly on the executive’s leadership and hiring skills. In all of her board appointments, Sarah seeks expertise, operational knowledge, and experience in the board’s subject matter jurisdiction (Aging, Domestic Violence, Transportation, etc.).
Governor Palin has in less than a week appointed 20 board members, each one having to be chosen from a pool of candidates — just like any hiring decision. Each of these people must be someone who will be an asset to both the board in question and to Sarah as Alaska’s CEO. And, thus far, none has disappointed her.
These packages should leave the reader with absolutely no doubt that Sarah is a highly effective leader. Even putting politics aside, she would be the perfect person to turn a bankrupt company into a cash cow.
Governor announces board appointments. (2009, February 18). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved February 18, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1653