Ex-ADA to investigate firing of Monegan

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2008

JUNEAU - A retired Alaska assistant district attorney will investigate Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the former public safety commissioner.

Legislative Council Chairman Kim Elton, a Juneau Democrat, said Steve Branchflower was appointed special counsel on Friday.

Branchflower will investigate the events surrounding the July 11 dismissal of former Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Monegan said he doesn't know why Palin fired him, but added it might have had something to do with his failure to fire a trooper who went through a messy divorce with Palin's sister.

Palin said she wanted the department to go in a different direction. She denied the trooper was an issue, and said she welcomes the investigation.

The Legislative Council approved up to $100,000 dollars for the investigation.

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