ANCHORAGE - The director of the state Division of Juvenile Justice is retiring next month.
George Buhite will step down June 24, 34 years to the day that his state career began.
"George's career exemplifies the best in public service," said Health and Social Services Commissioner Jay Livey.
Patty Ware, longtime program manager for the division, will serve as acting director.
Buhite served 12 years as superintendent of the McLaughlin Youth Center, a youth jail in Anchorage. He was the first director of the juvenile justice division, which was created in 1999.