Acting Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Cathy Munoz is seen in an undated headshot photo provided by the department.
Acting Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Cathy Munoz is seen in an undated headshot photo provided by the department.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has named longtime interim Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Cathy Muñoz as his choice to fill the job permanently.

Munoz, a former Republican state legislator from Juneau, was named the department’s acting commissioner in February 2023 after the resignation of former commissioner Tamika Ledbetter. Before the appointment, Muñoz had worked as the department’s deputy commissioner and legislative liaison since 2018. 

“Cathy has been working diligently at the Department of Labor since the month I took office,” Dunleavy said in a prepared written statement. “As I’ve seen her lead the department as acting commissioner, it has become clear that she is the right person to continue to lead the department as an appointed and confirmed commissioner.”

Muñoz’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Legislature, which meets in a joint session to consider all of the governor’s appointments once per year, late in the session.