Soldotna picks new police chief

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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