SOLBERG NEW EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LEADER
Former Tax Chief Accepts Employment Security Deputy Director Position
Department of Labor and Workforce Development commissioner Ed Flanagan
announced today the promotion of Susan Solberg to Deputy Director of
the Employment Security Division.
Citing her 30 years of state experience, 21 with Labor, Flanagan said,
“I’m confident with her experience and management capabilities, Sue
will be a great help to the division in fulfilling its statutory requirements,
getting people jobs, paying unemployment benefits, and training Alaska’s
Solberg formerly served as Chief of Tax for the division where she was
responsible for overseeing a staff of 40 employees and for collecting
over four million dollars a year in employer contributions to the state’s
Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust fund. As Chief of Tax, Sue initiated
significant innovations to revenue collection that shifted the image
of an autocratic “tax agency” into a customer service organization,
highly rated by Alaska’s employer community.
The Employment Security Division is the largest division in Labor charged
with promoting employment and economic stability by administering the
employment services, job training, and unemployment insurance programs.
The programs collectively impact over 25 percent of Alaska’s labor force
each year by providing a network of 22 job centers throughout the state,
paying approximately $115 million in worker benefits, and getting thousands
of workers their first, next or best job through training and workforce