KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city's district attorney's office is down its lead position, and officials say a replacement will not be hired.
John Skidmore, the director of the Alaska Department of Law's Criminal Division, said a second assistant will be hired for the Kodiak office to replace former Kodiak District Attorney Steve Wallace.
Wallace took over as the new district attorney in Bethel on July 10.
However, Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson said she plans to lobby the governor and has already spoken to Kodiak's representatives in Juneau about the situation, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday.
"We have a state jail that is usually full that is run by the city, so we need to have a full-time DA here," she said. "I don't ever remember not having a full-time DA here. So that's my concern."
The change leaves eight district attorneys covering 12 offices in the state, Skidmore said.
"The idea is to still have two attorneys on the ground covering Kodiak," he said. "It's not a decrease in manpower. It's just a slight shift in the chain of command, if you will, or the organizational structure of who reports to whom."
Skidmore said the changes are part of an effort to get an attorney onto the ground in Kodiak as quickly as possible.
Assistant District Attorney Richard Moses will remain in his position, and Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion will oversee the office from the mainland.
Campion also oversees the Dillingham satellite office in a similar arrangement.
"Mr. Campion is an excellent manager for the Department of Law," Skidmore said. "I think he has a very strong reputation here in Anchorage and in Dillingham and other communities that he oversees."
The department is still in the process of recruiting a new assistant district attorney.