Smith named public safety commissioner

Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Longtime lawman Del Smith was named commissioner of the Department of Public Safety on Monday.

Smith, 58, is the department's deputy commissioner. He will replace Glenn Godfrey, who is retiring Aug. 1.

A native of Yakima, Wash., Smith moved to Alaska in 1962 as an Air Force police officer and was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Smith joined the Anchorage Police Department in 1968. In 1986, Smith was named deputy chief.

Gov. Tony Knowles appointed Smith deputy commissioner in January 1995.

The Department of Public Safety includes the Alaska State Troopers, the Fish and Wildlife Protection Division and the state fire marshal's office.

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