Richards lands new contract to advise on fiscal issues

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has signed another contract with the state, this time to provide legal advice on "fiscal and other related matters."

    The contract began Aug. 1 and ends Dec. 31. Costs are not to exceed $10,000.

    This contract is separate from one signed in July under which Richards is to provide oil and gas consultation. That contract also runs through year's end and is for up to $50,000.

    Richards resigned as attorney general in June.

    Kaci Schroeder, an assistant attorney general, says Richards will be available to answer questions from the governor's office on fiscal matters.

    She says it's not uncommon for agencies to contract with former employees with certain expertise. She says contracting with former staff is an efficient way to benefit from someone's knowledge after they have left state employment.

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