Gov. Sean Parnell appointed three Kodiak residents to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission last week.

The commission’s goal is to reduce the state’s vulnerability to earthquakes. The 11-member commission recommends policies to the governor and the Legislature.

Two of the three Kodiak residents are reappointments. Both geologist Gary Carver and civil engineer Laura Kelly have already served on the commission for six years. Joining them will be Kodiak Island Borough director of community development Bud Cassidy.

Cassidy is the current planning director of the Kodiak Incident Command and has served as the logistics and planning chief for the Kodiak Incident Command. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Montana. Cassidy will fill the seat representing local governments.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah and had experience as a staff engineer with Aqua Terra Consultants before becoming a civil design engineer with the U.S. Coast Guard Facilities Engineering Division, where she has been working since 2000. In 2009 Kelly was honored with the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year award. She will occupy a seat reserved for a federal agency representative.

Carver completed a doctoral program in geology at the University of Washington and then had a long career as a professor of geology at Humboldt State University. Upon retirement in 1998, he started his own geological research consulting business that has taken him throughout the world. Carver is appointed to a seat representing the public.

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