UPDATE: Dunleavy state board appointee withdrawn after assault arrest

Published: Feb. 15, 2019 at 5:42 AM AKST
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Update Feb. 15 8 a.m.:

A Kodiak chiropractor charged with three felonies has been withdrawn from consideration for a state board.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy in January nominated 45-year-old Christopher Twiford for a seat on the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board.

Twiford was arraigned Tuesday in Kodiak on three counts of felony assault. He's also charged with misdemeanor assault and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. He did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

The Workers' Compensation Board reviews labor regulations and resolves disputed benefits claims.

Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow said by email Thursday night that Twiford was immediately withdrawn from the board when the administration learned of the charges.

Twiford is charged with striking a woman in the head with a pet dish, causing a concussion, pointing a revolver at her and choking her.

Original Story:

A Kodiak chiropractor appointed in January to the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board by Gov. Mike Dunleavy has been charged with multiple felonies.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Christopher Twiford was arraigned Tuesday on three counts of felony assault and misdemeanor counts of assault and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.

Online court records do not list his attorney. Messages left at Twiford's practice were not immediately returned. The Kodiak city jail lists Twiford as free on bail as of Wednesday.

Kodiak police were contacted Feb. 3 by a doctor reporting a patient with assault injuries.

The woman said Twiford, after drinking heavily, hit her twice on the head with a pet food dish, causing a concussion, and pointed a revolver at her. She said he'd pointed a gun at her before.