ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The governor on Wednesday picked a 30-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers to become the next commissioner of public safety.
Gov. Tony Knowles chose Alaska State Troopers Director Glenn Godfrey, who was recently named ''Citizen of the Year'' by the Alaska Federation of Natives.
Godfrey, 51, is the first Alaska Native to hold the state's top law enforcement spot.
Godfrey will make about $84,000 a year. He succeeds Ron Otte who is resigning to spend more time with his family.
Knowles cited Godfrey's broad experience in rural Alaska, from walking a beat to implementing the Village Public Safety Officer program.
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