3 named to AMHS operating board

The M/V Aurora en route from Cordova to Whittier. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
The M/V Aurora en route from Cordova to Whittier. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Former state legislator Alan Austerman of Kodiak, former state trooper Larry Carson of Sitka and Cynthia Berns of Old Harbor Native Corp. have been appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to serve on the Alaska Marine Highway Operating Board.

In addition to his years in the Alaska House and Senate, Austerman has been a long-time Kodiak businessman and has served as executive director of the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Carson has served as an Alaska state trooper, a lieutenant at the Public Safety Academy, and has served on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.

Berns is the vice president of community and external affairs for the village Alaska Native corporation.

Austerman and Carson will represent public members, while Berns represents an Alaska Native organization.

The board may issue reports and recommendations regarding improvement of the statewide transportation improvement program.

In addition to the governor’s appointments, the Legislature has four seats on the board, two appointed by the Speaker of the House and two appointed by the Senate president.