- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A judge who has served in America’s northernmost community for more than three decades is retiring.

The Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/13zzaEw) reports the last day on the job for Barrow Superior Court Judge Michael Jeffery will be Dec. 28.

Jeffery will be 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges.

Jeffery in 1977 began working in Barrow as a legal services attorney. He was appointed Barrow’s first Superior Court judge in 1982. Barrow previously was served by a Fairbanks judge.

Jeffery is known for expanding awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. He encouraged a change to state law that lets judges lower sentences for people with FAS or related disorders.

Angela Greene, supervising public defender for Nome and Kotzebue, was appointed to replace Jeffery. She will be sworn in Dec. 30.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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