DOT Leadership

John MacKinnon

John MacKinnon serves as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Under his direction, the department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, and the maintenance and operation of Alaska’s transportation system, public buildings and facilities.

MacKinnon previously spent five years as the department’s deputy commissioner of highways and public facilities, between 2003-2007. In this role, he was responsible for the state highway program, policy and planning, administration, budget, and legislative relations.

From 2008 to 2018, MacKinnon was executive director for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. Before 2003, he was acting city manager for the City and Borough of Juneau and served on the Juneau Planning Commission and the Juneau Assembly for 12 years, the last six as deputy mayor.

MacKinnon’s 24 years as a building contractor, along with other business interests, contribute to his experience and knowledge in both the private and public sectors. He is a fourth generation Alaskan and has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Resource Ecology from Huxley College of Environmental Studies.

Wolfgang Junge, P.E.
Central Region Director

Wolfgang Junge, P.E., is the regional director for Central Region DOT&PF. Wolfgang has been with DOT&PF for 24 years, where he most recently served as preconstruction engineer. He has over 28 years of civil engineering experience and is a retired Colonel from the US Army Reserves.

Ryan Anderson, P.E.
Northern Region Director

Ryan Anderson graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1997 with a degree in Geological Engineering. After working for 3 years in underground mining, he began work for DOT&PF as an entry level engineer in 2000. Since then he has designed and managed numerous highway and aviation capital works projects and programs throughout the northern regions of Alaska.

He is a Fairbanks resident, and currently serves as the Alaska Department of Transportation Northern Region Director.

Lance Mearig, P.E.
Southcoast Region Director

DOT&PF Southcoast Region Director Lance Mearig leads project development and operations for state-owned and managed roads, airports, and ferry facilities in Southeast Alaska, Kodiak, the Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutians.

A licensed Professional Engineer, Mearig has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University. Mearig grew up in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Petersburg. He has lived and worked in Juneau for most of his career.

Mearig has over 35 years of experience in transportation. Prior to accepting DOT&PF’s Southcoast Region Director position, he served as DOT&PF’s Chief Engineer. He began his career working for DOT&PF in 1982 and spent 25 years working in private industry.