Dianne Blumer, Commissioner

Commissioner Dianne Blumer is dedicated to ensuring an Alaska workforce ready to meet the business and industry demands of the state, in an environment of opportunity that provides good jobs.

Blumer, a life-long Alaskan, was appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell in 2012. For more than 20 years she has served the State of Alaska, including leadership positions as director of the Division of Personnel and Labor Relations and deputy director of the Child Support Services Division. She also served as a special assistant to Governor Parnell, advising on regulation and policy for three Departments: Administration, Revenue and Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Blumer is co-chair of the Alaska Prisoner Re-entry Task Force, and serves on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. Email Commissioner Blumer.


Grey Mitchell, Deputy Commissioner

Grey Mitchell was named deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development on May 15, 2014, after serving as assistant commissioner for the past year.

In his 25 years of service in the Alaska Department of Labor, Mitchell was director of the Division of Labor Standards and Safety for 10 years. Prior to that, he provided professional assistance to Alaska’s workers and employers in the division’s Wage and Hour section.

After graduating from Juneau Douglas High School and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University, Mitchell worked in Juneau and Anchorage in the department’s Employment Security Division and Labor Standards and Safety Division.

Born in Ketchikan, Mitchell also lived in Cordova, Yakutat, Palmer and Anchorage. Outside of state government, Mitchell has worked in Alaska’s fishing, construction and tourism industries and operated his own firewood and trapping businesses. He, his wife Katrina and daughter Hannah live in Juneau and continue to enjoy Alaska’s outdoors. Email Deputy Commissioner Mitchell.


Dallas Hargrave, Assistant Commissioner

Dallas Hargrave was named assistant commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development on May 15, 2014.

Hargrave has more than 17 years of progressive government service. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Department of Administration’s Division of Personnel and Labor Relations, and Public Defender Agency, and Alaska Superior Court. He also served as an administrative officer for the Federal Aviation Administration.

A Juneau native, Hargrave earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and political science from Pacific Lutheran University, Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. He is an active member of the Alaska Bar Association.

Hargrave and his wife live in Douglas with their two children. Email Assistant Commissioner Hargrave.