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Oct 10 08 6:02 PM
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Oct 10 08 8:25 PM
"The framers of Alaska's Constitution vested the office of the governor with very broad discretion to fire the head of any
department, for virtually any reason, without preapproval or review by the legislative branch of government.
Governor Palin has not submitted to an interview with me, or provided any written explanation of the reasons' she fired Commissioner
Monegan. There are indications in the record that there was not universal support for Commissioner Monegan among other department heads. Comments in the press
linked the governor suggest there was a feeling within the governor's office that he was not a team player, and there is evidence that Governor Palin had
lost confidence in Mr. Monegan.
Oct 11 08 3:28 AM
For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39/52/110(a) of the
Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
The legislature reaffirms that every public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest
through official action is a violation of that trust.
Oct 11 08 3:42 AM
Monegan's firing was lawful, the report found, but Palin let the family grudge influence her decision-making _
even if it was not the sole reason Monegan was dismissed.
"I feel vindicated," Monegan said. "It sounds like they've validated my belief and opinions.
And that tells me I'm not totally out in left field."
Branchflower said Palin violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Lawmakers don't have the
authority to sanction her for such a violation, and they gave no indication they would take any action against her.
Under Alaska law, it is up to the state's Personnel Board _ which is conducting its own investigation into the
matter _ to decide whether Palin violated state law and, if so, must refer it to the Senate president for disciplinary action. Violations also carry a possible
fine of up to $5,000.
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