A former Pennsylvania judge who went on to become a state worker in Alaska has suddenly resigned amid questions about whether his family political connections played a role in his hiring.
Paul Pozonsky was a judge in Washington County, Pa., before he quit that post under an investigative cloud in June. He was hired as a workers' compensation hearing officer with the Alaska Labor Department in October.
Mr. Pozonsky is the brother-in-law of Chuck Kopp, an aide to Eagle River, Alaska Republican Sen. Fred Dyson, the newspaper reported.
The application process had been closed and a hiring decision appeared imminent when "the application process was re-opened, a new application arrived, and a late applicant, Paul Pozonsky, got hired," the the Anchorage Daily News said.
The newspaper asked the state Labor Department Thursday for more details about Mr. Pozonsky's hiring. Mr. Pozonsky quit the same day. Mr. Pozonsky could not be reached for comment.
The state attorney general's office had been investigating Mr. Pozonsky. In May, he ordered the destruction of evidence in 17 criminal cases. The district attorney for Washington County, Gene Vittone, filed a motion to halt the destruction, saying that some of the evidence was personal property and that normally local law enforcement rules guided evidence destruction. But the evidence already had been destroyed, according to paperwork filed by Mr. Pozonsky.
In May, the presiding judge for Washington County Court of Common Pleas removed Mr. Pozonsky from hearing any criminal cases. He resigned in June.