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{{Alaska SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General''' is the principal executive officer of the Department of Law, and is appointed by the [[Governor of Alaska|governor of Alaska]].  He or she "serves as the legal advisor for the [[governor]] and other state officers, prosecutes all violations of state criminal law, and enforces the consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws."<ref name="About">[http://www.law.state.ak.us/department/about.html ''Alaska Department of Law'', "About the Department of Law," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
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|State = Alaska
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|Office= Attorney General
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|Office type = Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Alaska.jpg
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|Office website = http://www.law.state.ak.us/
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|Budget = 94,723,600
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|Budget year = 2014
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term = Serves at pleasure of governor
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|Authority =Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10
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|Selected =Appointed by Governor
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|Current officeholder =Michael Geraghty
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|Partisan =  Republican
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|Officeholder image = Michael Geraghty.jpg
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|Assumed office =  January 12, 2012
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|Compensation = 135,000
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|Other offices =  [[Governor of Alaska|Governor]]•[[Lieutenant Governor of Alaska|Lieutenant Governor]]•[[Attorney General of Alaska|Attorney General]]•[[Alaska Comptroller|Comptroller]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Education|Education Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Revenue|Revenue Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]]•[[Alaska Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development|Labor Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Regulatory Commission|Regulatory Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General''' is the principal executive officer of the Department of Law, and is appointed by the [[Governor of Alaska|governor of Alaska]].  He or she "serves as the legal adviser for the [[governor]] and other state officers, prosecutes all violations of state criminal law, and enforces the consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws."<ref name="About">[http://www.law.state.ak.us/department/about.html ''Alaska Department of Law'', "About the Department of Law," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current attorney general of Alaska is [[Michael Geraghty]], who was appointed on January 12, 2012 by [[Governor of Alaska|Gov.]] [[Sean Parnell]] to replace [[John J. Burns]]. Burns, a [[Republican]], was appointed by Parnell on November 30, 2010.<ref>[http://www.gov.state.ak.us/parnell/press-room/full-press-release.html?pr=5583 ''Office of Governor Sean Parnell'', "John J. Burns Named Attorney General," November 30, 2010]</ref>. Parnell announced his resignation in November 2011, effective January 2, citing the need for more time with his family.<ref>[http://newsminer.com/bookmark/16599815-Alaska-legislators-say-they-understand-Attorney-General-John-Burns-resignation ''News Miner,'' "Alaska legislators say they understand Attorney General John Burns' resignation," November 30, 2011]</ref>  
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The current attorney general of Alaska is [[Michael Geraghty]], who was appointed on January 12, 2012 by [[Governor of Alaska|Gov.]] [[Sean Parnell]] to replace [[John J. Burns]]. Burns, a [[Republican]], was appointed by Parnell on November 30, 2010.<ref>[http://www.gov.state.ak.us/parnell/press-room/full-press-release.html?pr=5583 ''Office of Governor Sean Parnell'', "John J. Burns Named Attorney General," November 30, 2010]</ref>. He announced his resignation in November 2011, effective January 2, citing the need for more time with his family.<ref>[http://newsminer.com/bookmark/16599815-Alaska-legislators-say-they-understand-Attorney-General-John-Burns-resignation ''News Miner,'' "Alaska legislators say they understand Attorney General John Burns' resignation," November 30, 2011]</ref>  
  
 
Geraghty was unanimously confirmed by the Alaska Legislature on April 10, 2012.
 
Geraghty was unanimously confirmed by the Alaska Legislature on April 10, 2012.
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'''Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10'''
 
'''Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10'''
  
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'''Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50'''
 
'''Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50'''
  
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==Appointments==
 
==Appointments==
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[[File:Alaska exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Alaska state government organizational chart]]
 
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.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter05/Section020.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.05.020," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter05/Section020.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.05.020," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
  
 
'''Alaska Statutes, Title 39, Chapter 5, Section 20'''
 
'''Alaska Statutes, Title 39, Chapter 5, Section 20'''
  
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The Department of Law is composed of several divisions and sections:<ref name="About"/>
 
The Department of Law is composed of several divisions and sections:<ref name="About"/>
 
====Civil Division====
 
====Civil Division====
{{colbegin|2}}
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*Child Protection
**Child Protection
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*Collections & Support
**Collections & Support
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*Commercial & Fair Business
**Commercial & Fair Business
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*Environmental Law
**Environmental Law
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*Human Services
**Human Services
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*Information & Project Support
**Information & Project Support
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*Labor & State Affairs
**Labor & State Affairs
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*Legal Support Services
**Legal Support Services
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*Legislation & Regulations
**Legislation & Regulations
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*Natural Resources
**Natural Resources
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*Oil, Gas & Mining
**Oil, Gas & Mining
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*Opinions, Appeals & Ethics
**Opinions, Appeals & Ethics
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*Regulatory Affairs & Public Advocacy
**Regulatory Affairs & Public Advocacy
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*Torts & Workers' Compensation
**Torts & Workers' Compensation
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*Transportation
**Transportation
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{{colend}}
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*Criminal Division
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**Prosecution
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**Special Prosecutions & Appeals
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**Victim & Witness Assistance
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**Advice to Public Safety Agencies
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*Regional District Attorney's Offices
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====Criminal Division====
{{colbegin|2}}
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*Prosecution
**Anchorage - 3rd Judicial District
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*Special Prosecutions & Appeals
**Barrow - 2nd Judicial District
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*Victim & Witness Assistance
**Bethel - 4th Judicial District
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*Advice to Public Safety Agencies
**Dillingham - 3rd Judicial District
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**Fairbanks - 4th Judicial District
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====Regional District Attorney's Offices====
**Juneau - 1st Judicial District
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*Anchorage - 3rd Judicial District
**Kenai - 3rd Judicial District
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*Barrow - 2nd Judicial District
**Ketchikan - 1st Judicial District
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*Bethel - 4th Judicial District
**Kodiak - 3rd Judicial District
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*Dillingham - 3rd Judicial District
**Kotzebue - 2nd Judicial District
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*Fairbanks - 4th Judicial District
**Nome - 2nd Judicial District
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*Juneau - 1st Judicial District
**Palmer - 3rd Judicial District
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*Kenai - 3rd Judicial District
**Sitka - 1st Judicial District
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*Ketchikan - 1st Judicial District
{{colend}}
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*Kodiak - 3rd Judicial District
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*Kotzebue - 2nd Judicial District
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*Nome - 2nd Judicial District
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*Palmer - 3rd Judicial District
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*Sitka - 1st Judicial District
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Alaska Department of Law in Fiscal Year 2014 is $94,723,600.<ref>[http://omb.alaska.gov/ombfiles/14_budget/PDFs/4_Press_Packet.pdf ''Alaska Office of Management and Budget,'' "FY 2014 Operating Budget,"  May 21, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
In 2010, the attorney general received compensation in the amount of $135,000.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011.]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter20/Section080.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.20.080," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
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::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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In 2013, the Alaska Attorney General was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$135,000]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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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.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter20/Section080.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.20.080," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
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==Historical officeholders==
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There have been 30 Attorney Generals of Alaska since 1916.<ref>[http://www.law.state.ak.us/department/ag_past.html ''State of Alaska Department of Law,'' "Attorneys General of Alaska," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000474 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress,'' "Grigsby, George Barnes, (1874-1962)," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://library.alaska.gov/hist/hist_docs/wickersham/ASL-MS0107-diary039-
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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]</ref><ref>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6882091 ''Find A Grave,'' "Ralph Julian Rivers," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref><ref>
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[https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/in_memoriam___.html ''Alaska Bar Association,'' "In Memoriam 2006," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=69094 ''Our Campaigns,'' "Renkes, Gregg D.," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/hathcock-havenner.html#404.15.10 ''Political Graveyard,'' "Index to Politicians: Hathcock to Havenor," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=346236 ''Our Campaigns,'' "AK Territorial Senate 3," accessed July 18, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=345228 ''Our Campaigns,'' "AK Territorial Senate 1," accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed" width="500px" style="text-align:center;"
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! colspan="6" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |List of Former
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Officeholders from 1869-Present
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! Name
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! Tenure
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! Party
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| 1||George Barnes Grigsby||1916-1919||{{blue dot}}
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| 2||Jeremiah C. Murphy||1919-1920||NA
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| 3||John Rustgard||1920-1933||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 4||James S. Truitt||1933-1941||NA
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|-
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| 5||Henry Roden||1941-1945||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 6||Ralph J. Rivers||1945-1949||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 7||J. Gerald Williams||1949-1959||NA
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|-
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| 8||John L. Rader||1959-1960||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 9||Ralph E. Moody||1960-1962||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 10||George N. Hayes||1962-1964||NA
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|-
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| 11||Warren C. Colver||1964-1966||NA
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|-
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| 12||D.A. Burr||1966-1967||NA
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|-
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| 13||Edgar Paul Boyko||1967-1968||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 14||G. Kent Edwards||1968-1970||NA
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|-
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| 15||John E. Havelock||1970-1973||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 16||Norman C. Gorsuch||1973-1974||NA
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|-
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| 17||Avrum M. Gross||1974-1980||NA
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|-
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| 18||Wilson L. Condon||1980-1982||NA
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|-
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| 19||Norman C. Gorsuch||1982-1985||NA
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|-
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| 20||Harold M. Brown||1985-1986||NA
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|-
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| 21||Grace Berg Schaible||1987-1989||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 22||Douglas B. Baily||1989-1990||NA
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|-
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| 23||Charles E. Cole||1991-1994||NA
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|-
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| 24||Bruce M. Botelho||1994-2002||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 25||Gregg D. Renkes||2002-2005||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 26||David W. Márquez||2005-2006||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 27||[[Talis J. Colberg]]||2006-2009||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 28||[[Daniel S. Sullivan]]||2009-2010||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 29||[[John J. Burns]]||2010-2012||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 30||[[Michael Geraghty|Michael C. Geraghty]]||2012-present||{{red dot}}
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|}
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==Contact information==
 
==Contact information==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[John J. Burns]]
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*[[Governor of Alaska]]
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*[[Lieutenant Governor of Alaska]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==

Revision as of 13:46, 29 January 2014

Alaska Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $94,723,600
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of governor
Authority:  Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Michael Geraghty.jpg
Name:  Michael Geraghty
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 12, 2012
Compensation:  $135,000
Other Alaska Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorAttorney GeneralComptrollerEducation CommissionerRevenue CommissionerAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerRegulatory Commission
The Attorney General is the principal executive officer of the Department of Law, and is appointed by the governor of Alaska. He or she "serves as the legal adviser for the governor and other state officers, prosecutes all violations of state criminal law, and enforces the consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws."[1]

Current officeholder

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.[2]. He announced his resignation in November 2011, effective January 2, citing the need for more time with his family.[3]

Geraghty was unanimously confirmed by the Alaska Legislature on April 10, 2012.

Authority

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.[4]

Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 10

The principal executive officer of the Department of Law is the attorney general.

Qualifications

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.[5]

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.

Appointments

Alaska state government organizational chart

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.[6]

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.

Term limits

There are no term limits for the office of attorney general. The officeholder serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Vacancies

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.

Duties

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:[7]

  • 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

Divisions

The Department of Law is composed of several divisions and sections:[1]

Civil Division

  • 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
  • Transportation

Criminal Division

  • Prosecution
  • 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

State budget

The budget for the Alaska Department of Law in Fiscal Year 2014 is $94,723,600.[8]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2013, the Alaska Attorney General was paid an estimated $135,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

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.[9]

Historical officeholders

There have been 30 Attorney Generals of Alaska since 1916.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Alaska + Attorney + General

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Attorney General of Alaska News Feed

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Contact information

Alaska

Alaska Department of Law
Post Office Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

Phone: 907-465-2133
Fax: 907-465-2075
E-mail: attorney.general@alaska.gov

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alaska Department of Law, "About the Department of Law," accessed June 1, 2011.
  2. Office of Governor Sean Parnell, "John J. Burns Named Attorney General," November 30, 2010
  3. News Miner, "Alaska legislators say they understand Attorney General John Burns' resignation," November 30, 2011
  4. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 44.23.010," accessed June 1, 2011.
  5. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.050," accessed June 1, 2011.
  6. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.05.020," accessed June 1, 2011.
  7. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 44.23.010," accessed June 1, 2011.
  8. Alaska Office of Management and Budget, "FY 2014 Operating Budget," May 21, 2013
  9. Alaska Legal Resource Center, "Alaska Statutes 39.20.080," accessed June 1, 2011.
  10. State of Alaska Department of Law, "Attorneys General of Alaska," accessed July 25, 2013
  11. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Grigsby, George Barnes, (1874-1962)," accessed July 25, 2013
  12. [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]
  13. Find A Grave, "Ralph Julian Rivers," accessed July 25, 2013
  14. Alaska Bar Association, "In Memoriam 2006," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. Our Campaigns, "Renkes, Gregg D.," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Political Graveyard, "Index to Politicians: Hathcock to Havenor," accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Our Campaigns, "AK Territorial Senate 3," accessed July 18, 2013
  18. Our Campaigns, "AK Territorial Senate 1," accessed July 25, 2013