POLICE CHIEF

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The City of Unalaska has hired a new police chief, officials announced last week. 

Jay King, from the Montgomery Police Department in Alabama, accepted the offer and is expected to start his new position with the city no later than Sept. 1, according to City Manager Erin Reinders. 

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City officials are interviewing a finalist for the position of police chief in Unalaska.

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City officials have debated splitting Unalaska’s fire and police divisions for months. Now, they’re also taking a closer look at the Department of Public Safety's director.

Specifically, “the consideration of removing the police chief designation," according to former city manager Nancy Peterson. 

While the Director of Public Safety has served as the police chief for years, Peterson said it’s time to examine whether that’s the most effective system.