ANCHORAGE, Alaska - City officials are defending a planned long-distance swearing in of Anchorage's mayor, who is vacationing in Hawaii.
A live video link will be set up between Alaska's largest city and an attorney's office in Honolulu on Monday afternoon as Dan Sullivan takes the oath of office for his second term as mayor. A judge in Anchorage will administer the oath.
Sullivan's spokeswoman Lindsey Whitt says the swearing-in ceremony coincided with a planned family vacation to Hawaii, where Sullivan's wife has family.
Whitt says the Anchorage city attorney found that the long-distance oath is in line with the law.
Whitt says she doesn't know why the family trip was scheduled as it was, given the apparent conflict, only that the vacation window was tight.
The Honolulu attorney will notarize Sullivan's signature.
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