FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Assistant District Attorney Teresa Foster has been appointed as the new district attorney in Fairbanks.
Gov. Tony Knowles announced the appointment Thursday. Knowles' spokesman Bob King said Foster was chosen ''based on her experience, her familiarity with the Fairbanks area and solid credentials in working in both private practice in Alaska and also working in the district attorney's office in Fairbanks for years.''
Foster fills the job vacated by Harry Davis, who was district attorney for 26 years until his retirement in November.
''I thought it was a good choice,'' Davis said of Foster's appointment.
Davis first hired Foster in 1981 as an assistant district attorney. She went into private practice in 1983 before returning to the district attorney's office in 1998.
''She certainly has seen how that office operates over the years,'' Davis said.
Foster will be facing challenges almost immediately when two experienced district attorneys, Pat Doogan and Jay Hodges, retire in a few months. Additionally, she will need to appoint someone to take her position prosecuting mostly offenses against children.
''My first thought it was an awesome honor and responsibility to step into an office that has a long reputation of stability,'' Foster said. ''It's kind of a humbling responsibility to continue with what's already well established.''
Foster, 52, has lived in Fairbanks since 1969 when she enrolled in the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and sociology in 1972.
She worked as a news director at Northern Television Inc. and as a free-lance writer at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner before deciding to attend law school with her husband, Gary, at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. Gary Foster practices civil law in Fairbanks.
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