Burgess to serve as interim U.S. attorney

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Tim Burgess, longtime assistant U.S. attorney and a specialist in environmental and white collar crime prosecutions, was named Wednesday as interim U.S. attorney for Alaska.

Burgess, 44, will be sworn in Friday and serve until President Bush names someone to the job permanently. He succeeds Bob Bundy, who has resigned effective Friday after holding the post for seven years.

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft signed off on the appointment Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., Bundy said.

Burgess came to the U.S. attorney's office 12 years ago from private practice. He has worked in most areas handled by the office, including foreign fishing violations and forfeitures, environmental pollution and drug cases.

His recent prosecutions include conviction of the Holland America Line for dumping thousands of gallons of oily bilge water off the coast of Juneau. The company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution.

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