Lt. Gov. Mallott resigns after 'inappropriate comments'

  • Lieutenant Governor Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson (left), Director of Rural and Native Affairs Barbara Blake (center), and Governor Bill Walker (right) participate in the swearing-in ceremony. (Photo/Courtesy/Office of the Governor)

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has resigned effective immediately, Gov. Bill Walker's office said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. The statement said Mallott "recently made inappropriate comments," though did not elaborate.

"Byron recently made inappropriate comments that do not reflect the sterling level of behavior required in his role as Lieutenant Governor," Walker said in the statement. "I learned of the incident last night. Byron has taken full responsibility for his actions and has resigned."

Mallott's resignation comes three weeks before Election Day, with the governor, elected as an independent, facing Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy.

Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, was sworn into the office during a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Jay Butler, chief medical officer in the Division of Public Health, was appointed commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services, the governor's office said.

10/16/2018 - 2:57pm