“With great reluctance,” Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has accepted the resignation of Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards. His last day is Thursday, June 23, just days after Walker called a special session to begin July 11 — as the state continues to seek a long-term budget fix.


Richards was appointed as attorney general in December 2014 by Walker, his longtime law partner, and was confirmed by the Alaska Legislature in April 2015.


In a statement Thursday, Walker said when he appointed Richards, he knew “Alaskans would benefit from his deep respect for the law and his vast knowledge of finance.”


Richards says his reasons for resigning are personal.


“I feel I need to re-focus on my family, which is impractical given the travel and workload requirements of the job,” Richards wrote in a release from the governor’s office. “The Department of Law has top notch lawyers, and I know the State is in good hands with these devoted public servants.”


Walker also appointed the state attorney general to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board. Richards will have to step down from that position as well, according to a spokesperson for the Department of Law.


Jim Cantor, currently the state Deputy Attorney General, will “step in to lead the Department of Law” until a new attorney general is appointed.