Is Gov. Dunleavy preparing to fire Hollis French?

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A letter released Thursday by the administration of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy is shedding light on his plans to possibly relieve former state senator Hollis French as the chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

    The letter states that French is derelict in his duty as the chairman and has committed "neglect of duty and misconduct" while in office

    Dunleavy has accused French of chronic absenteeism and states French's absences have been "unexcused."

    According to Alaska Public Media, Dunleavy’s letter was released Thursday as part of a response to a routine records request for the governor’s correspondence.

    Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow confirmed the letter was written as the basis for “the commissioner’s removal from office for cause,” and referred further questions to the Department of Law.

    APM states that French, an attorney and onetime Cook Inlet roughneck whose term as commissioner runs through early 2021, declined to comment. Cathy Foerster, one of two other commissioners, said the agency declined to comment.

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