by Bill McAllister
Thursday, May 1, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The top staffer in the Palin administration has left his job, and several other personnel changes are being made as the governor heads into what she calls the halftime of her term.
Palin's chief of staff, Mike Tibbles, is out the door. We're told it's a matter of not enough time with his family. The search is on for Tibbles' successor. But in the meantime, there are new faces in the administration, as well as familiar faces in new positions.
Palin says major changes in her staff are coming at a good time and she says the administration is recommitting to the principles it has tried to follow all along.
"We'd like to be able to communicate even better with Alaskans, letting them know where we are on legislation, letting them know our priorities in working with Alaskans," Palin said. "We're getting input all the time. We've been living open, honest, transparent government, but we want to really manifest to even a greater degree, Alaskans deserve that."