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City of Fairbanks to host community forum for Police Chief candidates

Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 4:11 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The search for a new police chief for the City of Fairbanks is drawing to a close.

Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. the City will host a community forum featuring the five finalists for the position.

According to a press release, candidates will answer two prepared questions and one that will be randomly selected from a group submitted by the Fairbanks Diversity Council and the City Administration.

Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly said the forum is an opportunity for the public to hear candidates answer important questions.

Following the forum, the interview panel will deliberate privately and prepare a recommendation for Matherly.

“It’s like when a jury, you know, goes off to deliberate. You never know how long it will take. I imagine, I was hoping to get one this week. It’s gonna happen Tuesday night, and I think they’d wanna come back together and maybe go over their notes, ask questions, and then submit one a day or two after that. So just to average it out, you know, I’m going to expect one by Friday, but hopefully it’ll be sooner than that,” Matherly said.

The event will be held in Fairbanks City Council chambers at 800 Cushman Street, and will also be available via Zoom, the link for which can be found on the city’s website.

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