Alaska’s Chief Prosecutor Quits Under Pressure
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Dan Hickey, Alaska’s chief prosecutor who figured prominently in impeachment proceedings last month against Gov. Bill Sheffield, submitted his resignation Wednesday at the request of the state attorney general.
Dan Hickey, who said his resignation would take effect in 30 days, was out of townWednesday and unavailable for comment.
Attorney General Harold Brown, reached in Anchorage, said he received Hickey’s letter shortly before noon and wanted a day to ″reflect on it″ before discussing the matter with reporters.
″I will say I did request Mr. Hickey to resign,″ Brown said. ″The governor had nothing to do with it.″
″It comes as a complete surprise to me and I’m sure to him (Sheffield),″ said Bob Miller, a spokesman for the governor.
Hickey, 38, has headed the Department of Law’s Criminal Division since its inception in 1975.
The question of Hickey’s tenure came up while Sheffield was testifying in Senate Rules Committee hearings on whether he should be ousted for his role in negotiating a state office lease in Fairbanks.
The recommendation that lawmakers meet in special impeachment session came from a special grand jury receiving its direction in part from Hickey and from special prosecutor, George Frampton.
The Senate adjourned Aug. 5 after finding no evidence to justify impeachment and gutting a resolution saying the governor did something wrong.
Interviewed a few weeks ago, Sheffield said he would let Brown, who was named attorney general June 19, make his own hiring and firing decisions.
Brown said then he was reviewing the personnel files of all 150 lawyers in the department and wouldn’t be picking on Hickey or anyone else.
Hickey also investigated Sheffield’s oil fund-raising trip outside Alaska in early 1983, and found the governor did nothing illegal. Hickey did suggest in his report that Sheffield exercised poor judgment.