Attorney General of Alaska
|Alaska Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2014 FY Budget:||$94,723,600|
|Length of term:||Serves at pleasure of governor|
|Authority:||Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||January 12, 2012|
|Other Alaska Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Attorney General•Comptroller•Education Commissioner•Revenue Commissioner•Agriculture Director•Insurance Director•Natural Resources Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Regulatory Commission|
The current attorney general of Alaska is Michael Geraghty, who was appointed on January 12, 2012 by Gov. Sean Parnell to replace John J. Burns. Burns, a Republican, was appointed by Parnell on November 30, 2010.. He announced his resignation in November 2011, effective January 2, citing the need for more time with his family.
Geraghty was unanimously confirmed by the Alaska Legislature on April 10, 2012.
The attorney general's authority is based in statute, not the state's constitution. It establishes the office of attorney general as the "principal executive officer of the Department of Law.
Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10
|The principal executive officer of the Department of Law is the attorney general.|
Like all principal executive officers in the Alaska government, the attorney general must "furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law," the cost of which is paid by the state. Otherwise, there are no special qualifications for the office of attorney general.
Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50
|The principal executive officer of each department and subordinate officials shall furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law or determined by the governor upon recommendation of the commissioner of administration. The state shall pay the cost of the bond. The attorney general shall approve the form of the bond.|
The attorney general, like all Alaska executive department heads, is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature.
Alaska Statutes, Title 39, Chapter 5, Section 20
|The governor shall appoint the head of each principal executive department in the state government. Each appointment is subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session.|
There are no term limits for the office of attorney general. The officeholder serves at the pleasure of the governor.
Alaska law does not prescribe any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the governor's responsibility to appoint a new attorney general, subject to approval from the legislature.
The attorney general oversees the Alaska Department of Law, prosecutes violations of state criminal law, issues legal advice to state officers and agencies and enforces other Alaska statutes. The office's duties are outlined in Alaska statute. They include:
- Defending the constitution of Alaska and of the United States.
- Taking action to ensure collection of revenue
- "[Representing] the state in all civil actions in which it is a party"
- "[Prosecuting] all cases involving violation of state law"
- Issuing advisory legal opinion to state officials or legislators
- "[Drafting] legal instruments for the state"
- Reporting to the legislature regarding the work of his office and necessary changes to existing law
- Publishing a pamphlet on landlord and tenant rights.
- Participating in the Regulatory Commission of Alaska as needed
The Department of Law is composed of several divisions and sections:
- Child Protection
- Collections & Support
- Commercial & Fair Business
- Environmental Law
- Human Services
- Information & Project Support
- Labor & State Affairs
- Legal Support Services
- Legislation & Regulations
- Natural Resources
- Oil, Gas & Mining
- Opinions, Appeals & Ethics
- Regulatory Affairs & Public Advocacy
- Torts & Workers' Compensation
- Special Prosecutions & Appeals
- Victim & Witness Assistance
- Advice to Public Safety Agencies
Regional District Attorney's Offices
- Anchorage - 3rd Judicial District
- Barrow - 2nd Judicial District
- Bethel - 4th Judicial District
- Dillingham - 3rd Judicial District
- Fairbanks - 4th Judicial District
- Juneau - 1st Judicial District
- Kenai - 3rd Judicial District
- Ketchikan - 1st Judicial District
- Kodiak - 3rd Judicial District
- Kotzebue - 2nd Judicial District
- Nome - 2nd Judicial District
- Palmer - 3rd Judicial District
- Sitka - 1st Judicial District
The budget for the Alaska Department of Law in Fiscal Year 2014 is $94,723,600.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The attorney general's salary is bound to a range determined by statute; it must be no less than Range 28 of the Alaska executive branch employee salary schedule nor more than Range 30.
|List of Former
Officeholders from 1869-Present
|1||George Barnes Grigsby||1916-1919||Democratic|
|2||Jeremiah C. Murphy||1919-1920||NA|
|4||James S. Truitt||1933-1941||NA|
|6||Ralph J. Rivers||1945-1949||Democratic|
|7||J. Gerald Williams||1949-1959||NA|
|8||John L. Rader||1959-1960||Democratic|
|9||Ralph E. Moody||1960-1962||Democratic|
|10||George N. Hayes||1962-1964||NA|
|11||Warren C. Colver||1964-1966||NA|
|13||Edgar Paul Boyko||1967-1968||Democratic|
|14||G. Kent Edwards||1968-1970||NA|
|15||John E. Havelock||1970-1973||Democratic|
|16||Norman C. Gorsuch||1973-1974||NA|
|17||Avrum M. Gross||1974-1980||NA|
|18||Wilson L. Condon||1980-1982||NA|
|19||Norman C. Gorsuch||1982-1985||NA|
|20||Harold M. Brown||1985-1986||NA|
|21||Grace Berg Schaible||1987-1989||Democratic|
|22||Douglas B. Baily||1989-1990||NA|
|23||Charles E. Cole||1991-1994||NA|
|24||Bruce M. Botelho||1994-2002||Democratic|
|25||Gregg D. Renkes||2002-2005||Republican|
|26||David W. Márquez||2005-2006||Republican|
|27||Talis J. Colberg||2006-2009||Republican|
|28||Daniel S. Sullivan||2009-2010||Republican|
|29||John J. Burns||2010-2012||Republican|
|30||Michael C. Geraghty||2012-present||Republican|
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Alaska Department of Law
Post Office Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Alaska Department of Law, "About the Department of Law," accessed June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Office of Governor Sean Parnell, "John J. Burns Named Attorney General," November 30, 2010
- ↑ News Miner, "Alaska legislators say they understand Attorney General John Burns' resignation," November 30, 2011
- ↑ Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 44.23.010," accessed June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.050," accessed June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.020," accessed June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 44.23.010," accessed June 1, 2011.
- ↑ Alaska Office of Management and Budget, "FY 2014 Operating Budget," May 21, 2013
- ↑ Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.20.080," accessed June 1, 2011.
- ↑ State of Alaska Department of Law, "Attorneys General of Alaska," accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Grigsby, George Barnes, (1874-1962)," accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ [http://library.alaska.gov/hist/hist_docs/wickersham/ASL-MS0107-diary039- 1928-1930.pdf Alaska State Library Historical Collections, "MS 107 Box 6 Diary 39--Diary of James Wickersham, October 1, 1928 through May 15, 1930," accessed July 25, 2013]
- ↑ Find A Grave, "Ralph Julian Rivers," accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Alaska Bar Association, "In Memoriam 2006," accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Our Campaigns, "Renkes, Gregg D.," accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Political Graveyard, "Index to Politicians: Hathcock to Havenor," accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Our Campaigns, "AK Territorial Senate 3," accessed July 18, 2013
- ↑ Our Campaigns, "AK Territorial Senate 1," accessed July 25, 2013