Acting Commissioner Marty Rutherford
Marty Rutherford is serving as acting Commissioner until Commissioner Designee Mark Myers officially enters service in January 2015. Marty has 19 years of state government experience. She will become DNR deputy commissioner in January. Rutherford most recently served as special project manager for Linc Energy.
Deputy Commissioner Ed Fogels
Ed Fogels is responsible for overseeing five divisions -- Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Land & Water, Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Support Services – as well as the Office of Project Management and Permitting.
Fogels has worked in the department for more than 24 years. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner, Fogels served as the director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting and as the State's Mining Coordinator responsible for the permitting and administration of all large mining projects in Alaska. Prior to that, Fogels managed the Alaska Coal Regulatory Program and the Land Disposal and Homesteading programs. He spent several years as the department's Resource Planner in the Fairbanks location.
Fogels earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He is married to Luann, the school nurse at South Anchorage High School, and together they have a beautiful daughter. Ed enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and cooking with Alaska Grown products.
Deputy Commissioner Bob Swenson
Effective November 25, 2013, Bob Swenson is responsible for overseeing the divisions of Oil and Gas and Geological and Geophysical Surveys, the Mental Health Trust Land Office, and the State Pipeline Coordinator's Office.
Swenson received degrees in geology from the University of Montana and the University of Wyoming and he began his geologic pursuits in Alaska in 1991, analyzing oil and gas resource potential in frontier areas, Cook Inlet, and the North Slope for ARCO and ConocoPhillips.
Swenson left the private sector in 2004 to become deputy director of geologic research for the Department of Natural Resources, and in 2005, he became the Alaska State Geologist and DGGS Director. In that capacity, Bob led DNR’s geological research effort and served on federal and state advisory boards that deal with energy and mineral resources and geologic hazards.