New head prosecutor appointed for state

Anchorage District Attorney Susan Parkes named to lead state team

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2003

Anchorage District Attorney Susan Parkes will lead the state's team of prosecutors, Attorney General Gregg Renkes announced Tuesday as he continued to reshape the department and change some lawyers' roles.

Parkes will work from Anchorage in her new job as deputy attorney general for the Criminal Division, Renkes said.

"Locating the deputy attorney general in Anchorage is an important step in the ongoing reorganization of the Department of Law," Renkes said.

Renkes recently chose Patrick J. Gullufsen, who held the post for the past year, as Juneau's district attorney, replacing Richard Svobodny, who had held the job since 1984. Svobodny accepted a new position as senior assistant district attorney in Juneau.

Gullufsen, based in Juneau, took over as deputy attorney general for the Criminal Division from Anchorage-based Cynthia Cooper, who resigned in April 2002.

Parkes has prosecuted crimes in Bristol Bay and the Aleutians as well as Anchorage. She also worked in the Medicaid fraud unit and in child protection. Parkes began her legal career in Alaska in 1986 as a clerk for the Alaska Court of Appeals.

Renkes also announced Dean Guaneli would take over as supervisor for the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, which handles all criminal appeal cases and litigation challenging Alaska statutes.

Guaneli has been in the department since 1976, handling cases throughout the legal system. He's currently chief legal advisor for public safety and corrections. He will continue to be based in Juneau.

In Anchorage, John Novak will be acting district attorney until a permanent appointment is made, Renkes said.

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