first_imgGovernor Walker said today he’s created a new cabinet level position in his administration- an Oil and Gas advisor. He appointed John Hendrix to the job, who most recently worked as General Manager for Apache Alaska, a company that pulled out of the state this spring, citing low oil prices.Listen nowJohn Hendrix, Governor Walker’s new Oil and Gas advisor (Photo courtesy of Governor Walker’s Office)Walker made the announcement during a speech Monday at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce lunch event. He said he has long believed the state needs a good working relationship with the oil and gas industry:“I’ve created a new cabinet position- working within our budget, we’re not adding anything to our budget- to bring a person on that would act as my liaison and my advisor on all oil and gas issues.”Walker said Hendrix understands Cook Inlet, where Apache mainly operated, as well as the North Slope. Walker angered many in the industry last month when he vetoed more than 400 million dollars in tax credit payments the state owed companies.Today is Hendrix’ first day on the job. Hendrix is an advisor, not a commissioner, so he doesn’t have a department.last_img