Kenai district attorney decides Ketchikan judgeship not for him

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. And there's usually a reason.

After a trip to the Ketchikan area, Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell removed himself from consideration for a Ketchikan Superior Court judgeship.

"I decided I'm not interested in living in Ketchikan," said McConnell. "I like living here in Kenai."

During McConnell's visit, Ketchikan was accumulating a heavy dose of its 155 inches of annual precipitation -- a necessary ingredient for green grass.

Bill Cotton, executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council, announced that McConnell's request to have his name taken out of the hat came on Monday.

McConnell moved to Alaska 19 years ago and served as assistant district attorney and then district attorney in Bethel.

He also was a prosecutor in Palmer, Kodiak and Anchorage.

His Alaska stay was interrupted in the early 1990s, when he went into private practice in Texas. Returning to Alaska in 1994, he worked as assistant district attorney in Juneau before coming to Kenai in 1998.

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