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Governor Dunleavy nominates new Public Safety Commissioner

Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 4:06 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Governor Mike Dunleavy has named Jim Cockrell as Alaska’s new Public Safety Commissioner.

In a press conference on Tuesday, April 6th, Dunleavy explained that in the last year, the state has seen a decline in crime of about 10 percent.

He also said Alaska is looking to hire more troopers.

The governor then introduced Cockrell, who has served as the director of the Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. “We’re grateful that he’s coming back to help us, and he always returns when duty calls - and this is an example. He’s dedicated to protecting Alaskans. That’s obvious. That’s a fact, and at this stage of the game, we think Jim is going to do a fantastic job,” Dunleavy said.

As commissioner, Cockrell would be in charge of policy and management for the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This includes the Alaska State Troopers, Fire and Life Safety and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, among other branches.

The commissioner works to make sure that DPS has the resources it needs to function and meet its goals.

Cockrell said he returned to public service because of the difference made by the people involved in public safety. “That’s an agency that makes a difference, and the same with law enforcement - it makes a difference every day. We touch lives in such a way most people don’t even realize. Just think what the state would be like without the Alaska State Troopers. In rural Alaska, we are the beacon when it comes to responding to the villages.”

Cockrell will next go to the state senate and house for confirmation.

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