Trooper in Palin probe reassigned

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state trooper behind the abuse-of-power investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin is getting a reassignment following threatening telephone calls to his employer.

Public safety union officials say Mike Wooten has been on desk duty for his own safety in recent weeks after troopers began receiving hostile calls from Alaskans and people outside the state. Union director John Cyr says Wooten takes on a new role effective Sunday.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says Wooten will be reassigned to the judicial services bureau in Anchorage.

Wooten was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin's sister. Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, denies booting out her public safety commissioner because he wouldn't fire Wooten.

Palin was cleared of ethics violations by the state personnel board last week. A separate legislative investigation concluded Palin abused her office by allowing her husband and staffers to pressure the commissioner to fire Wooten.

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