Gov. Dunleavy accepts Steiner resignation, names new public defender

    Gov. Micheal J. Dunleavy.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Michael J. Dunleavy has accepted the resignation of Public Defender Quinlan Steiner effective immediately and named Beth Goldstein of Anchorage as Acting Public Defender.

    On April 2 Steiner tendered his resignation “effective upon the appointment of a new Public Defender nominated by the Alaska Judicial Council under AS 18.85.030.”

    Goldstein has more than 25 years of business management and legal experience.

    Goldstein’s public service consists of eight years as an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Ohio, and most recently 13 years in the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy as an assistant public advocate, deputy director, and supervisor. 

    She received her BS in Genetic Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, and Political Science at Cedar Crest College and her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. With experience in both the private and public sector, her background includes regulations, administrative law, contract negotiations, fraud investigations, and legal management.

    The Council has begun soliciting applications and plans to meet as early as August of 2019 to make its nominations for a replacement Public Defender.

    Governor Dunleavy accepted the resignation of Steiner effective immediately based on the Judicial Council’s decision to declare a vacancy and begin the process to select a new Public Defender.


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