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State prosecutors won't file charges against any of Unalaska's public officials, signaling the end of an unexplained months-long investigation into the City Council.

Assistant Attorney General John Darnall made the announcement Tuesday, after spending two months reviewing the case for the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP).

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The Unalaska City Council could be headed to court, although the legal matter at stake is unclear.

On Tuesday, city councilors had scheduled an executive session to "discuss litigation."

But they canceled it after several councilors joined the meeting by telephone, resulting in an insufficient in-person quorum for discussion behind closed doors.

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State troopers have wrapped up a months-long investigation concerning at least one of Unalaska’s elected officials.

The case is now under review by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

But Unalaskans still know very little about what’s under scrutiny.

Troopers closed the investigation and compiled their findings late last week. Now, the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) will decide what happens next.

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The City of Unalaska could be on the hook for nearly $6,000 after unredacted copies of the mayoral recall petition were posted on Facebook.

The city clerk has apologized to community members who had parts of their social security numbers released.

Once a recall petition is certified by the city clerk, it becomes part of public record and anyone can request to see it.

On Dec. 27, the petition against Mayor Frank Kelty went public, after KUCB and other parties requested copies.

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This week, KUCB has been reporting on the allegations against Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty and how recall elections work.

Currently, state law dictates city clerks evaluate recall petitions, but they don’t have to prove the charges actually occurred. This means elected officials can be recalled simply because the voters don’t like them.

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