Gray Named Bethel DA

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Alaska’s attorney general has named the Fairbanks district attorney as Bethel’s new district attorney. J. Michael Gray will begin in Bethel April 1 and will replace June Stein, who was fired last month.

The state says Gray has 20 years of experience as a prosecutor in Alaska, beginning in Kodiak. He was named district attorney there and later moved to head up the DA’s office in Fairbanks.

He began his career in rural Virginia.

Chris Carpeneti is the Acting District Attorney in Bethel after Stein
finished this week. He’s resigning as of April 3rd. The department of law says it’s actively recruiting to fill the role and expects to make a hire in the coming weeks.