Three former state employees have sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy, alleging they were illegally fired in a wave of resignation requests shortly after he took office.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska filed the suit in state court on behalf of former Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar, as well as Drs. Anthony Blanford and John Bellville, formerly director of psychiatry and a staff psychiatrist at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.
The suit also names Dunleavy's chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock as a defendant. In November, Babcock sent a memo to nearly 800 exempt employees asking them to submit a resignation letter and reapply for their job.