Faulkner leaves state job

Land’s End Resort owner Jonathan Faulkner has left his job with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and has returned to the private sector.

Faulkner owns and operates Land’s End Acquisition Corporation, a Kenai Peninsula hospitality company that includes the iconic Homer Spit hotel.

“I missed Homer, I missed my family, I missed my life here in Homer,” Faulkner said olast Friday. “It couldn’t be any simpler than that. I missed my private sector life — a little more freedom, a little more flexibility.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Faulkner Deputy Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development on Dec. 3, 2018. He had been working in Anchorage and commuting from the Faulkner family cabin in Girdwood. Faulkner’s last day was April 12. In an email, Assistant DCCED Commissioner Shawn Williams confirmed that Faulkner left.

“He did say his family business responsibilities have called him back to Homer,” Williams wrote.

Faulkner also has added another career to his resume: mystery writer. Faulkner recently had published a new murder mystery set in Kenai Landing, “The Ghost of Fukuda Aijiro,” released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@homernews.com.