Fairbanks expands police chief hiring process to external applicants

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:21 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The City of Fairbanks has expanded the hiring process for a new police chief to external applicants starting Jan. 5. The position of police chief became vacant in August after Chief Nancy Reeder unexpectedly announced her resignation. During 10 days in December the hiring process was opened to internal candidates within the Fairbanks Police Department. According to Mayor Jim Matherly, they received two applicants from the department.

“The internal applicants are excellent so that is not even a question. But I still think that casting the wide net is good for everyone involved,” Matherly said. He went on to say that he thinks opening the process externally will show more respect to everyone involved.

The external application process will be open for 10 days. Matherly said that he is looking for candidates who will be able to work with the department, community and city council.

After the ten days are over he will review all of the applications and then bring the candidates to the panel, made up of local leaders, that was created to help pick the new chief. They will assess the candidate and give their recommendations to the mayor.

Matherly also said that they will once again hold a public forum to allow members of the community to hear from the candidates and then provide their thoughts to the mayor and city council members. He said he always welcomes public comments and reads every email he receives.

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