Community services

Dunleavy appoints Kovol Acting Commissioner of the Department of Family and Community Services

Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) – Governor Mike Dunleavy has named Kim Kovol as acting commissioner of the new Alaska Department of Family and Community Services.

The new department will take office on Friday 1 July.

Governor Dunleavy’s Executive Order 121 divided the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services into two new departments, the Alaska Department of Health and the Alaska Department of Family and Community Services.

“I chose Ms. Kovol to serve as the new department’s first commissioner because of her dedication and commitment to helping Alaskan families,” Dunleavy said. “She successfully launched my administration’s People First initiative which integrates services and collaboration between public safety, violent crime prevention and enhanced supports for youth in foster care.”

According to the governor’s office, Kovol moved to Alaska more than 26 years ago. She lived a traditional military family life, transferring and moving both internationally and within the lower 48. She has over 25 years of private sector experience in executive leadership, management, licensed child care operations, organizational development and restructuring, logistics and labor. in the field of human and social services for young people and adults.

Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Kovol was Special Assistant to Governor Dunleavy with a social services portfolio focusing on domestic violence, sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous people, human and sex trafficking, homelessness , foster care, child care, elder care, opioids / Fentanyl and suicide prevention.

DFCS will house the Division of Juvenile Justice, the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Alaska Pioneer Homes and the Office of Children’s Services.