Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed Adam Crum to be the new commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Revenue. Crum takes over the department after serving as commissioner of health for the past four years.

“Commissioner Crum demonstrated to me, and all Alaskans, his management and leadership abilities over the past four years as health commissioner,” Dunleavy said. “From preparing and protecting Alaskans from the global pandemic to the reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services, he is a skilled and dedicated public servant and I look forward to another four years working with him to move Alaska forward.”

Dunleavy cited Crum’s private sector experience in strategic management, organizational development, executive consulting and working on mega-projects, and he praised Crum for his Covid response and vaccination efforts while serving as commissioner health.

Prior to being appointed health commissioner in 2018, Crum was executive vice president of his family’s company, Northern Industrial Training.

Crum has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. He will take over the Department of Revenue on Nov. 16.

The mission of the Department of Revenue is to collect and invest funds for public purposes. The commissioner serves to provide support and policy direction to the divisions in the department. Like all Alaska executive department heads, the commissioner is appointed by the governor and is subject to confirmation by a majority of the State Legislature. His duties include enforcing state tax laws and collecting, investing, and managing all revenues except those collected by other departments. He also acts as the treasurer of the state’s public school trust fund.

Dunleavy named Heidi Hedberg to serve as acting commissioner of the Department of Health, starting on Nov. 16. She has been with the state since 2009, working in various capacities within the Division of Public Health, Department of Health, and most recently as the Director for the Division of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alaska Pacific University.

She currently chairs the Governor’s Advisory Council on Opioid Remediation and serves on the Governor’s Council on Homelessness, and State Emergency Response Commission.

Dunleavy taps Health Commissioner Adam Crum to lead Dept. of Revenue

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Dee Ce says:

    I have one good reason to be glad we re-elected Mike Dunleavy, and his chosen Health Department Leadership is NOT IT. OMG, this man needs to learn from his mistakes!! NOT continue rewarding the people who actively harmed the with ongoing lies, willful ignorance, and intentionally implementing policies that harmed each and every one of us!!! Mike, get RID of your health department leadership–do not reward them!

    • Meister says:

      I’m speechless.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I agree Dee Ce. Shuffling Dept. of Health (destroyers) around to other state departments does not look promising – especially Dept. of Revenue. Will he use his knowledge from his previous position about the health issues to start creating taxable situations based on jab status? I don’t know…maybe like social credit score tracking. This gets creepier the more I think about it.

  • Kimberly Jennings says:

    I am hoping and praying for Kelly Tshibaka to win and defeat Lisa Murkowski. I agree with Kelly on issues and I know the ranked choice voting is a Democrat plan and ideal, to stop fairness in elections.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Are we going back to paying state taxes? “His duties include enforcing state tax laws and collecting,…..”

  • Diana says:

    Adam Crum like Dunleavy and his picks for positions have many problems in their decisions and work but integrity sticks out as the most prominent problem. I’m amazed at the people who elected Dunleavy for a second term. I’m stunned when I see the terrible problems he is and has created and the problems he want to cover up so the public doesn’t know what is going on. Children in the Foster Care program cases of abuse by State personnel and the foster parents….kept very quiet and Adam Crum moved to another job. About 20 inmates dead in the correctional facility and not one person charged with murder and no investigation report to the public. Where is the minds of the Alaskan residents to condone this? We have the worst leadership in the governor’s job and the residents of this state look the other way. Dunleavy should be asked to resign.

    • kc says:

      I am amazed at your statement of being amazed at why Alaskan re-elected Dunleavy. WE had NO OTHER CHOICE, Except for Chrlie P. All the other choices would have sold us to China and sent our state so far downhill, we’d never be able to recover..I am not thrilled of having to be FORCE to speak Chinese. China is NOT after just our oil, they’re after our land. Are you willing to conceed our state to China. There are countries(UAR) that is buying up hugh land to raise crops here to send abck to their country. They are draining the undergound water levels in AZ, and other states’ water table dry, causeing a enormous drought conditions, to where they can’t grow crops or supply water to our America farmlands. AND if don’t you think that China wouldn’t do the same, “you have your head in the sand”

  • Jack Roberts says:

    Geez, whatever could go wrong? Both the health officials should have been fired two years ago but yet they continue on… Dunleavy is such a disappointment.

  • JH says:

    This was a necessary move as Dunleavy refused to course correct throughout the ‘pandemic’. If he is seen to be punishing any of his co-conspirators, they can and will take him down. He’s insulating and circling the wagons. Feckless coward.