ACLU will file lawsuit against Gov. Dunleavy over resignation requests

    Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy.

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has scheduled a press conference in Anchorage on Thursday.

    According to press release issued by ACLU Alaska Communications Director Casey Reynolds, the press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the ACLU office in Anchorage.

    The press conference will address what the group is calling "constitutional violations" related to resignation requests issued by the administration of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy.

    Two lawsuits, which will be announced by ACLU of Alaska Executive Director Joshua A. Decker, ACLU of Alaska Legal Director Stephen Koteff and lawsuit clients, allege that the firings were illegal.

    Reynolds would not comment on the specific contents or claims contained in the lawsuits.

    Before he was sworn in, Dunleavy’s transition team sent an email to every at-will state employee asking them to submit letters of resignation -- and to reapply for their jobs if they chose to.

    While incoming administrations often make leadership changes, Dunleavy’s team said it had broadened the scope of employees asked to take the step.

    Dunleavy’s transition chair and current chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock said that given the change in leadership, it was appropriate to ask employees if they “want to work for the Dunleavy administration.”

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