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Employment Opportunities

Chief Assistant Attorney General

Office of Special Prosecutions – Full-Time; Anchorage

With the recent announcement of Jack McKenna’s promotion to Criminal Division Director, the Office of Special Prosecutions is recruiting for the position of Chief Assistant Attorney General.  The Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) currently has 35 total employees, consisting of the Chief, 17 Assistant Attorney Generals, 4 Paralegals, 6 Investigators and a Forensic Accountant in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), and 6 Law Office Assistants.  It is the second overall largest unit in the Criminal Division.

The Office of Special Prosecutions handles highly specialized cases statewide, such as particularly complex cases, cold case homicide and sexual assaults, alcohol interdiction, sex trafficking, environmental law violations, fish and game offenses, public-integrity offenses, and cases that pose a conflict for the local district attorney’s offices throughout the state.  The office is also responsible for prosecuting individuals who defraud the State of Alaska and others through such things as criminal non-payment of child support and various types of fraud involving Medicaid, public assistance, Permanent Fund Dividends, and taxes. 

In addition to supervising the above-referenced areas, the OSP Chief is also historically responsible for personally reviewing and/or supervising the review of all statewide officer involved shooting matters. Finally, the OSP Chief serves as counsel to the Alaska Police Standards Council, the state oversight entity that is responsible for the certification of law enforcement officers in Alaska.

This position may be filled at the Attorney V or Attorney VI level. Placement level and salary will be determined by the legal background and experience of the selected candidate and will range between approximately $96,000 to $106,000 for external candidates and potentially higher for internal candidates.

Regular salary increases are provided every one to two years. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided, including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a retirement annuity plan that takes the place of the federal Social Security Plan in which the state provides a 6.13% match of your gross pay; a separate retirement investment portfolio in which the state matches pre-tax contributions of up to 5% of your gross eligible salary; options for deferred compensation; 21 days of paid personal leave for new employees that increases over time; and assistance with moving expenses.

Applications for this position will be accepted through Sunday, January 24, 2021. Individuals who would like more information may contact Deputy Attorney General John Skidmore, current Division Director Paul Miovas or current Office of Special Prosecutions Chief Jack McKenna for additional details.

Application Instructions

Candidates who are interested in applying for a position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references.  Please also include a professional writing sample.  A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying. If applying for multiple positions, the cover letter should specify which of the positions the applicant wishes to be considered for but only one set of application materials is necessary.

Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Please send them to:

or via hard copy to:

Department of Law
Criminal Division Central Office
P.O. Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants needing accommodation to apply may contact the Criminal Division Central Office at (907) 465-3600 or Relay Alaska at (800) 770-8973.

All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.  A preference will be given to applicants with the ability to fluently speak another language that is commonly used in the geographic locations related to this position.