Request for an investigation into Ben Stevens departure from Dunleavy administration

    Ben Stevens. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - There has been a request for the attorney general to investigate Ben Stevens' exit from the Dunleavy administration to go work for ConocoPhillips Alaska. The Alaska Public Interest Research Group (AKPIRG) requested the investigation.

    Stevens announced in February that he was planning on departing his position as chief of staff for Governor Dunleavy to go work as vice president of external affairs and transportation for ConocoPhillips Alaska.

    In a release by AKPIRG, the group's executive director, Veri di Suvero, said the governor and Stevens "knowingly failed to follow protocols set in law governing when certain public officials choose to leave state employment."

    The release says violations include "actions to circumvetn the statutory process, set by Alaska laws, to impose necessary restrictions on Mr. Stevens' employmetn activities after his tenure in the Office of the Governor." It also says they failed to submit a copy of a waiver to the attorney general.

    "The endorsement and enabling by Gov. Dunleavy to go around our ethics and conflict of interest laws so that his former chief of staff could land a top job at the highest levels of ConocoPhillips, a global enterprise with massive holdings in Alaska, betrays the public trust and interest, created an unfair advantage, and is corrupt," said di Suvero.

     

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