Attorney General Accepts Resignation of Anchorage DA
September 5, 2017
(Anchorage, AK) – Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth today accepted the resignation of Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion. Mr. Campion submitted his letter of resignation late last Friday. His last day will be October 6th.
“It is with mixed feelings that I accept Clint’s resignation,” said Attorney General Lindemuth. “He has been a tireless advocate for the people of Alaska and will be greatly missed by the department. But I wish him the best in his next endeavors.”
“I am honored to have served as Anchorage’s District Attorney the past two years and couldn’t have asked for a better boss in Jahna,” said District Attorney Clint Campion. “An opportunity arose in the private sector that I couldn’t pass up, so I will be moving on to my next adventure. But I wish everyone at the department well and commend them for the work they do day in and day out for this great state.”
The Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is the largest office in the State. In addition to handling all the felony matters that occur within the Anchorage Bowl, the Anchorage Office covers the communities of Unalaska, Sand Point, and St. Paul, and supervises the Dillingham office. The office has 29 prosecutors and 26 support staff. Anchorage has seen a record number of homicides and felony referrals have increased over the past 18 months. Anchorage has also been experiencing the crime impacts from the opioid epidemic. During the same time frame that felony referrals have increased, the Criminal Division’s overall budget was reduced by 12% between fiscal years 2014 and 2017. Last year, the Legislature added money for one additional prosecutor in the Anchorage office for fiscal year 2018; that position has been filled.
“I am incredibly proud of what our prosecutors do every day. However, with our current fiscal crisis, we have had to ask our prosecutors to do more with less,” said Deputy Attorney General Rob Henderson. “The fiscal crisis, the uncertainty of the budget, and the opioid crisis have presented new challenges. I look forward to working with whoever the new DA is, as we did with Clint, on overcoming these challenges and continuing to improve public safety for all the communities covered by the Anchorage office.”
The Department of Law will be sending out an open recruitment for Mr. Campion’s position within the next week. Christina Sherman, the Deputy District Attorney, will be named the interim District Attorney after October 6 until a permanent District Attorney is named. The department hopes to make the transition to new leadership as smooth as possible and encourages experienced prosecutors interested in becoming part of a dynamic and devoted leadership team of district attorneys across the State to apply.
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