By Amanda Bohman

FAIRBANKS — One of the creators of the Interior Gas Utility will join the board of directors.

Nadine Winters has served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly as well as held top jobs in state and municipal government.

The Borough Assembly on Thursday confirmed her appointment by Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins to the IGU board of directors. The vote was 7-2.

The utility, owned by the borough, is embarking on a major project to put pipe in the ground throughout the community to provide natural gas in the coming years.

“I think that we should be grateful that she is willing to serve,” Assemblywoman Kathryn Dodge said.

Assemblyman Lance Roberts, who voted no along with Assemblyman Guy Sattley, questioned Winters’ qualifications and said he thinks the appointment is inappropriate because Winters helped to create the utility.

IGU board members are uncompensated. Winters will serve until the voters elect someone to the seat in October.

She is taking the seat held by Bob Shefchik, who joined the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to continue working on Interior energy issues.

Winters is currently a consultant and executive director of the North Pole Economic Development Corp.

She has worked on multiple public projects, including utility projects, according to her resume.

Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 459-7587.