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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

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Unalaska should split its Department of Public Safety to create a standalone fire department separate from the police force.

At least, that's the recommendation City Manager Thomas E. Thomas made to the City Council on Tuesday, hoping to settle a longstanding debate over how to improve retention and morale.

Thomas said putting the fire chief on equal footing with the police chief will be "critical" for the future success of the fire division — and his ability to oversee it.

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Almost six months ago, the Unalaska City Council agreed to suspend the search for a new director of public safety.

The plan was to wait until councilors had settled a longtime debate over restructuring the department and its leadership team.

Now, Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson said they've been on hold for too long.

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An Illinois man hired as Unalaska's fire chief last year has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

David "D.J." Dunn was convicted of drugging and raping a subordinate at his going-away party last spring — days before he was scheduled to leave his job as a Savoy, Illinois first responder and move to the island.

City officials fired the 44-year-old after his arrest, but he was briefly on Unalaska's payroll.

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State prosecutors won't file charges against any of Unalaska's public officials, signaling the end of an unexplained months-long investigation into the City Council.

Assistant Attorney General John Darnall made the announcement Tuesday, after spending two months reviewing the case for the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP).

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State troopers have wrapped up a months-long investigation concerning at least one of Unalaska’s elected officials.

The case is now under review by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

But Unalaskans still know very little about what’s under scrutiny.

Troopers closed the investigation and compiled their findings late last week. Now, the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) will decide what happens next.

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