Ed Sniffen appointed as Attorney General

Sniffen was acting Attorney General after Clarkson’s departure

Clyde “Ed” Sniffen has been named as the state’s attorney general, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced.

Sniffen was previously appointed acting attorney general after his predecessor Kevin Clarkson resigned in August following revelations about inappropriate texting with a state employee.

“Ed Sniffen has a long and proven record of leadership within the Department of Law and I am proud to appoint him to serve as our state’s next attorney general,” Dunleavy said in a Monday news release announcing the appointment “In the past two years I have worked alongside Ed and know he will serve my administration and the people of Alaska with distinction.”

Sniffen began his career with the Alaska Department of Law in 2000, serving as a senior assistant attorney general in the consumer protection unit, then as a chief assistant attorney general, deputy attorney general, chief of staff, and most recently as acting attorney general, the governor’s office said in a news release.

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