Associated Press - September 26, 2008 9:44 PM ET
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An aide who is central to an investigation into Governor Palin's firing of a public safety commissioner is back at work.
Frank Bailey was on paid leave for six weeks.
A spokesman from Palin's Anchorage office says Bailey resumed his work as Palin's director of boards and commissions yesterday (Thursday).
He says he could not provide details on Bailey's return because it's a confidential personnel matter.
Bailey was caught on tape questioning the employment of a state trooper who went through a messy divorce with Palin's sister.
Earlier today (Friday), 7 of Palin's top aides defied subpoenas for their testimony.
Palin's Chief of Staff Mike Nizich and six other aides have failed to appear at a legislative hearing.
Alaska Senate Judiciary Chairman Hollis French, a Democrat, waited 30 minutes before reading a statement that the witnesses could be found in contempt when the full Legislature convenes in January.
Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the seven state workers challenging the subpoenas. He claims the committee has no jurisdiction to issue subpoenas in the investigation.