The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)

The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)

Local legislative aide fired after arrest

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) has fired one of her aides after he was arrested for alleged assault earlier this month.

Adam Hykes of Homer was a member of Vance’s legislative staff, and had started in that position earlier this fall. He was arrested on Oct. 10 and charged with one count of domestic violence-related fourth-degree assault after an alleged altercation at his home, according to charging documents.

Vance subsequently fired Hykes from her staff.

“Legislative staff are held to a high standard and that is why I required my aide, Adam Hykes, to immediately clear out his desk and submit a letter of resignation when he told me of his arrest last Sunday,” Vance wrote in a statement to the Homer News. “I take domestic violence very seriously and want the public to understand I hold a zero tolerance policy.”

Hykes was arraigned at the Kenai Courthouse on Oct. 11, according to online court records. His next hearing is set for December in Homer District Court.

Hykes also participated in the counting of absentee ballots for the local Homer election on Oct. 12 as a member of the canvass board.

In Alaska, fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor. Those are punishable to by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

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