Alaska Attorney General John Burns is resigning, effective Jan. 2.

In a letter to Gov. Sean Parnell, dated Nov. 19, Burns says his “resignation is based solely on personal reasons.” He says living out of a suitcase is neither fair to his family nor conducive to his health.

An attorney from Fairbanks, Burns took the job 11 months ago and did not move to the capital city. His youngest daughter is a senior in high school.

In his resignation letter, he says serving as “the managing partner of the state’s largest law firm has been an incredible and unbelievably fulfilling experience.”
He says he will miss working with the men and women in the Department of Law.

Burns says he is staying on until January to assure a smooth transition with his successor.

Parnell announced the resignation Friday. In a news release he called Burns a capable leader and “true public servant.”

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