Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Dunleavy administration is preparing to dismiss Sitka Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt from the Alaska Marijuana Control Board.
According to a story in the Anchorage Daily News, the dismissal comes less than one month after Ankerfelt cast one of the deciding votes on a regulation that would allow marijuana shoppers to smoke cannabis inside some retail stores.
A spokesperson for the governor said the vote was not a factor in the pending change to the makeup of the five-person board, but the board’s chairman disagrees.
Ankerfelt revealed his pending dismissal in an email to his fellow board members and to the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Thursday afternoon. The email was subsequently obtained by the Anchorage Daily News.
Mark Springer, chairman of the Marijuana Control Board, said he believes Ankerfelt’s dismissal was a result of his vote in favor of a new rule that would allow marijuana customers to smoke cannabis in some retail stores.
The Sitka Police Department, under Ankerfelt, is facing whistleblower and sexual harassment lawsuits from officers, and Ankerfelt was appointed by Gov. Bill Walker after the close of the 30th Alaska Legislature.