Richards resigns as Alaska's attorney general

Richards cited a desire to spend more time with his family.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has resigned, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

Gov. Bill Walker announced Richard's resignation in a release Thursday. Walker says he accepts the resignation with "great reluctance."

Richards says he wants to focus on his family, which is impractical given the travel and workload requirements of being attorney general.

His last day on the job is Thursday. Richards was appointed attorney general in December 2014 after Walker took office.

Walker has appointed a deputy attorney general, Jim Cantor, to lead the Department of Law until Walker appoints a new attorney general.

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