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Two top DOJ employees resign, office confirms

By: - November 4, 2022 5:53 pm

The Scott Hart Building in Helena where the Department of Justice’s IT division and Motor Vehicle Division are located (Photo by Eric Seidle for the Daily Montanan).

Two top officials in Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office resigned, KTVH reported earlier this week and Knudsen’s office confirmed.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Derek Oestreicher and Solicitor General David Dewhirst have stepped down. KTVH reports Dewhirst will be replaced by Christian Corrigan, who previously served as Assistant Solicitor General, and that his last day was Friday.

Dewhirst had been in the position since Jan. 2021 and previously served as counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Oestreicher’s replacement is not yet known. He took the role in May following former Chief Deputy Attorney General Kris Hansen’s resignation. She passed away in July.

In a statement provided to KTVH, Knudsen said the two men were “integral to our success in protecting our state’s interests from the disastrous Biden agenda, fighting for Montanans’ rights, and holding the state judiciary accountable.”

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