Juneau Superior Court Judge Amy Mead swore in new members Will Muldoon and Amber Frommherz along with Elizabeth Siddon, who was re-elected to her second term and will continue to be the board president.
Roland Maw, former executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association, was first charged in January 2016 with a total of twelve felony counts of theft and unsworn falsification. Prosecutors allege Maw applied for and received permanent fund dividends while he was out of Alaska for over 90 days, in each year between 2009 and 2014.
Gov. Bill Walker initially selected attorney Julie Willoughby for a previous vacancy in July. But he rescinded his appointment in a controversy over Willoughby’s writings for her client in a sexual abuse case.
The former executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Board of Fisheries nominee was indicted on 12 felony charges of theft and unsworn falsification related to applying for and receiving Permanent Fund dividends.
A formal ceremony was held Oct. 26 for the former Juneau city attorney. The new Superior Court judge was sworn in officially back in late August.
Amy Mead will succeed retired judge, Louis Mendendez for Juneau Superior Court. The outgoing city attorney ranked fourth out of the eight applicants surveyed by the Alaska Bar Association.
The Alaska Judicial Council nominated Amy Gurton Mead and Julie Willoughby as the best qualified candidates to succeed Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez. Gov. Bill Walker has less than 45 days to make a selection.
Public defender Jude Pate selected by Gov. Bill Walker to succeed retiring Sitka Superior Court Judge David George. Ten lawyers have applied to succeed retiring Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez.
The Attorney General filed a friend of the court brief in support of the City and Borough of Juneau in its cruise ship lawsuit. Less than 24 hours the state withdrew, claiming the filing was an “error due to internal miscommunications.”
Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city’s sales tax. The companies insist it’s the drivers’ responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.