JUNEAU (AP) Joshua Fink, a state criminal defense attorney and son of a prominent Republican, has been named to head the Office of Public Advocacy.
The state agency, which is part of the Department of Administration, represents abused and neglected children, incapacitated adults and some criminal defendants.
Fink, 36, currently works for the state Public Defender's Office in Anchorage. He also has worked in private practice and as a deputy magistrate and law clerk in Fairbanks, Barrow, Nome and Kotzebue. He spent a year as a law clerk for the state Supreme Court.
He received his law degree from the University of Washington, and during law school, worked as a public interest intern at the Seattle Public Defender Agency and as an intern for the Office of Public Advocacy.
He is a son of Tom Fink, a former Anchorage mayor and former legislator, said John Manly, a spokesman for Gov. Frank Murkowski.
Joshua Fink has been involved in the legislative process himself, having served as an aide to former Republican state Sens. Tim Kelly and Rick Halford before attending law school, Manly said.
He will make $73,752 a year in the new job, which he's scheduled to start July 1.
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