Juneau police chief resigning

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The police chief of Juneau has announced he's resigning. His last day will be April 26.

Mel Personett, 50, who has been chief for nearly three years and before that was an officer for 22, said he wants to spend more time with his family, and do more gardening and traveling.

City Manager Dave Palmer said the city will advertise the position in national police trade magazines over the next several months. Local candidates also will be considered, he said.

Capt. Tom Porter credits the near-seamless move of the department in 1999 from downtown to the Lemon Creek area to Personett's leadership.

Palmer said Personett helped get the building approved and built before he became chief and was instrumental in pulling the department together to make the transition once he was appointed.

Personett said he would not rule out returning to police work in the future.

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