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Shockley Named Acting Director Of Public Safety

Jan 25, 2018

Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley (right) will run the Department of Public Safety while the city searches for a full-time director.
Credit BRIAN WAUGH

Starting next month, Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley will serve as acting director of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

City officials made the announcement Tuesday.

They've selected Shockley to hold the top job while they search for a full-time replacement for outgoing director Mike Holman.

It's unclear how long that search will last. But as an 18-year veteran of the department, Shockley said she's interested in the permanent position.

"I would certainly expect that I'd be putting an application in for it," she said.

In the meantime, Shockley said the department will review its organizational structure, which has generated heated debate over the last year.

"Obviously, there are things that members of the community, council, [and] department have some concerns about," she said. "So we're taking the opportunity to look at it now while we have an interim option to do so."

She said it's too soon to tell whether that review will produce any significant changes for the fire division or the police force.

Shockley will start as acting director Feb. 1, the day after Holman’s departure.