Press Release

Kenai District Attorney Accepts Statewide Prosecuting Position

June 19, 2008

(Anchorage, AK) Kenai District Attorney June Stein will be transferring to a statewide position with the Department of Law's Rural Prosecutions Unit within the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals located in Anchorage.

The Rural Prosecution Unit enhances prosecution efforts in rural Alaska. The unit aids district attorney offices throughout the state when they are short staffed and there are an insufficient number of attorneys to handle the caseload, or when the office receives cases that are so complex that the local attorney(s) are unable to complete the necessary investigation and motion work without neglecting the normal operation of the office. The unit also assists in developing the skills of those less experienced prosecutors in rural offices who lack sufficient experience to handle complex or serious felony prosecutions.

Ms. Stein has been a prosecutor in the Kenai DA's Office for over five years and has been the DA for the past four years. She is looking forward to working with other DAs' offices around the state and will be starting her new position on August 1st. She leaves behind a lot of friends in the office as well as in the local law enforcement offices and criminal justice system.

"June is an excellent prosecutor who has worked very hard for her community. She is a role model for the type of attorneys Alaska needs. Her attributes will be put to good use in the Rural Prosecutions Unit where she will be able to provide assistance and share her knowledge with attorneys statewide," said Deputy Attorney General Rick Svobodny.

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