McAllister said media relations will be a part of his new job. He said it’s a position that was eliminated early in the Palin administration "and the decision has been made that there’s a compelling need for it."The former reporter for KTUU reflected on his time working for the governor:
"There have been a number of high-profile issues involving the Department of Law… but there has been no one whose primary function was to communicate with the media and the public." McAllister said.
"It has been a privilege to work for a leader who has accomplished so much and inspired so many. The demand for Governor Palin continues unabated. Even today, I have been in touch with a handful of major national news organizations hoping for some time with the governor, not to mention the numerous regional and international journalists who write or call every day. While the governor grants very, very few of these requests, focusing instead on Alaska media, the fact that these inquiries keep on coming anyway demonstrates that there is a great interest in knowing more about Alaska and her governorship, and of course, about her personally. It has been a phenomenon, and a fascinating series of events to witness up close – even if I have at times been disappointed with the members of my former profession."So far, there’s been no word on who will take McAllister's place in the governor's office, nor has Gov. Palin yet commented on the personnel change. We will have updates as they become available.