Meyer Decides Against Pierre Contract For Press Work

The incoming Alaska Senate president has decided against hiring a former state military affairs official to help the Senate majority press office this session.

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Sen. Kevin Meyer last week told colleagues he had decided to hire McHugh Pierre on contract to work in the press shop. But details had not been worked out, and no contract had been signed.

Pierre last year was asked to resign his job as a deputy commissioner in the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as part of a leadership change following a scathing report on problems within the Alaska National Guard. Pierre said he did nothing wrong.

Meyer told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Pierre could have become a distraction for the caucus.