As of June 11, John Lucking is no longer Soldotna’s chief of police.
Soldotna mayor Peter Micciche offered no additional details about Lucking’s departure, citing the city’s tendency to handle personnel issues privately.
“The city appreciates the years of service (Lucking) provided as the chief of police,” Micciche said.
Soldotna Police Department hired Lucking as chief of police in Sept. 2003. He is a lifelong Alaskan who holds a degree in criminal justice and electronic technologies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Sgt. Robb Quelland will serve as acting police chief, and the city plans to advertise the position in the near future, Micciche said.
In Feb. 1992, SPD hired Quelland. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the fall of 1998. After serving about two years as sergeant in charge of detectives, he currently is assigned to the department’s patrol division. He also worked in the states of Wisconsin and Texas as a police officer. Central Peninsula Hospital awarded Quelland a “commendation for valor” for his actions during a shooting incident at the hospital.
“Soldotna police department is a source of pride to the community,” Micciche said, “and we look forward to continuing positive performance in the future.”