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Soldotna picks new police chief

Posted: September 26, 2012 - 10:33pm

Soldotna officials have selected the city’s next chief of police.

Pete Mlynarik, 50, is currently the commander of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers E detachment in Soldotna.

During the city council meeting Wednesday, Mayor Peter Micciche and outgoing City Manager Larry Semmens announced the decision made after Monday’s interviews, although the details have yet to be finalized.

Mlynarik, a Cooper Landing resident, has been alternated between being a state trooper and wildlife trooper since 1990.

While Mlynarik’s final contract is still subject to negotiations with the city, Micciche said he was “very highly qualified” and it was “easy to come to a consensus on the decision” to hire him.

The city’s former police chief, John Lucking, left suddenly on June 11 after eight years with the city.

— Rashah McChesney

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 09/27/12 - 10:45 am
Very Good

Very Good
Hope this makes a few people happy as it does appear to be a Good choice. Of course there will be those that are not happy with this choice just like some not being happy with the choice of Micciche in his new job.
It would be nice if Micciche could take down his tormenting signs which continue to remind others of his election win, as there is no need for them to remain up.

Good Luck to Chief Mlynarik at the Sloooowdotna Police Dept in his effort to change the perception of this public service dept, if only we could.
Change always has one of two possible effects, either for Good, or Worse as history has always shown as true in every area of life when dealing with other humans and dependant on them for absolute guidance in OUR fight between Good and Evil.

As for John Luckings unexpected departure and questions of WHY? It does not matter why! If he was as bad as people and conditions show he was. So just be thankful as we move on and hope that things will get better under Chief Mlynarik.

SXQ 09/27/12 - 03:29 pm
Uhhuh Wonderful!!

Soldotna's screwed!!!

Police Chief David Couper
Police Chief David Couper 10/01/12 - 09:09 am
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