COLLINS NAMED NATIONAL GUARD SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR
January 22, 2015
“I am pleased that Ms. Collins was willing to take on this task,” Governor Bill Walker said. “It is crucial that we have an independent review of the allegations and how they were handled to ensure that those who did wrong are held accountable. I can’t think of anyone better to do that than Patricia Collins, who brings a wealth of judicial and criminal law experience to the investigation.”
Patricia Collins originally came to Alaska in 1977 to take a job as a night auditor. She decided to stay and eventually became a commercial fisherwoman and state Fish and Game Department staffer before going back to school.
After receiving her law degree from Gonzaga University in 1982, Judge Collins began a long career practicing law in Alaska, much of it spent on criminal justice issues. She started her career in private practice, focusing mainly on labor law and criminal defense issues until 1995. During that time, she worked part-time as a federal magistrate judge and as an adjunct professor for the University of Alaska Southeast. In 1995, she was appointed as an Alaska district court judge, and then in 1999, Governor Tony Knowles appointed her as a superior court judge for the first judicial district in Juneau. She was subsequently appointed by the chief justice as the presiding judge overseeing the first judicial district, a post which she held until her retirement in 2011.
As the special investigator, Collins will prepare a written report of her findings to assist Governor Walker in addressing the issues within the Alaska National Guard.
The investigation will focus on incidents alleged to have occurred between September 1, 2010 and November 30, 2014. The investigation will include the following:
A public version of the report is expected to be released this summer, unless additional time is needed for the investigation.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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