Attorney General Burns to Resign
November 25, 2011
(SitNews) - Alaska Governor Sean Parnell today accepted the resignation of Attorney General John J. Burns.
In a letter to Governor Parnell, Burns stated: “It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as Attorney General. I have been privileged and honored to serve you and the State of Alaska during this past year. My resignation is based solely on personal reasons. Although I have come to realize that it is possible to live out of a suitcase, doing so is neither fair to family nor particularly conducive to one’s health. Family and balance in one’s life should always be one’s first priority and everything else secondary.”
“It is with reluctance that I accept General Burns’ resignation,” Governor Parnell said. “General Burns is a capable leader and a true public servant dedicated to the people of Alaska. I appreciate his efforts over the past year at the Department of Law where he has led with dedication, professionalism, integrity and a commitment to the best interests of Alaska. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Burns has served as Alaska’s attorney general since December 2010. General Burns’ resignation is effective January 2.
The Attorney General serves as the state's chief law enforcement officer, overseeing the state's involvement in all civil matters and criminal prosecutions, and leading over 550 attorneys and staff in the Department of Law's thirteen offices throughout the state. The attorney general is the principal executive officer of the Alaska Department of Law, and is appointed by the governor of Alaska.
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Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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