City of Fairbanks narrows search for Chief of Police to five candidates

Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 4:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The City of Fairbanks, in its search for a new Chief of Police, has narrowed the field down to five candidates.

On January 18th, 2021, the application period for the position of Fairbanks Police Chief closed externally following a 10-day recruitment period. According to a press release from Mayor of the City of Fairbanks Jim Matherly, there were a total of 18 applicants, including two internal applicants from the Fairbanks Police Department.

According to the press release, while all 18 candidates had impressive qualifications, the list had to be narrowed down to 10 to move forward to be interviewed. The interviews were conducted by the panel previously chosen by Mayor Matherly from different areas of the community. This week, the panel completed the first round of interviews in the hiring process.

From the 10 applicants, five were selected to continue in the interviewing process and participate in a public forum. The final candidates are:

• Koula Black – Major with the Mocksville, North Carolina Police Department

• Derek Bos – Chief of Police with the Brush, Colorado Police Department

• Ron Dupee – Acting Deputy Chief with the Fairbanks Police Department

• Tod Richardson – Deputy with the Beaver County Sheriff’s Department

• Richard Sweet – Acting Chief with the Fairbanks Police Department

More information on the final candidates will be posted on the City of Fairbanks website and on City of Fairbanks social media next week. The public forum will be hosted by the Diversity Council at their February meeting on February 9th at 5:30 p.m. Information on how to attend virtually will be posted on the City of Fairbanks website and City of Fairbanks Facebook page on Monday, February 8th.

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