11 days after appointment, Alaska Attorney General Ed Sniffen leaving job

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy follows Deputy Attorney General Treg Taylor into a news conference at the governor's Anchorage office on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy follows Treg Taylor into a news conference at the governor’s Anchorage office on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media)

Alaska Attorney General Ed Sniffen is leaving his position 11 days after Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed him.

The governor accepted Sniffen’s resignation “for personal reasons,” according to a spokesperson for the governor. The announcement of the change on Friday said Sniffen is leaving state government.

On Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported that sexual misconduct allegations prompted the resignation.

Dunleavy’s office said Treg Taylor would replace Sniffen as the attorney general.

Taylor joined the Department of Law as deputy attorney general for the Civil Division after Dunleavy became governor.

He previously served as a lawyer for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and for McKinley Capital Management, an Anchorage-based investment firm. He lives in Anchorage.

Dunleavy said Taylor brings a wealth of legal experience. Taylor said in the announcement that he was honored by the appointment and hopes the department will continue to provide outstanding legal service.

Dunleavy thanked Sniffen and said he wished him well in his future endeavors.

Sniffen had become acting attorney general in August, when former Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned.

Sniffen began working for the Department of Law in 2000 and served as senior attorney general in the consumer protection unit, as well as deputy attorney general and other senior positions.

When Dunleavy announced Sniffen as attorney general on Jan. 18, the governor said he had a long and proven record of leadership.

Taylor’s appointment is subject to confirmation in a joint session of the Legislature.

This story has been updated with a link to additional reporting from the Anchorage Daily News.

Andrew Kitchenman

State Government Reporter, Alaska Public Media & KTOO

State government plays an outsized role in the life of Alaskans. As the state continues to go through the painful process of deciding what its priorities are, I bring Alaskans to the scene of a government in transition.

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