Troopers appoint first female lieutenant

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak sergeant in the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection has been promoted to lieutenant, the first woman to achieve that rank in the Alaska State Troopers.

Sgt. Joanna Roop has been with the Department of Public Safety in a variety of positions since 1983. She was appointed an Alaska State Trooper in 1986 and served in Anchorage, Soldotna, Sand Point and Cold Bay.

Roop was promoted to corporal in 1994 and took a staff training position at the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka. In 1997 she was promoted to sergeant with Fish and Wildlife Protection and assigned as post supervisor in Kodiak.

As a lieutenant, she will supervise division operations in the Kodiak, Aleutian and Bering Sea areas.

Sgt. Bob Mumford, formerly assigned to Kodiak and most recently of Kenai, also was promoted to lieutenant.

Mumford was appointed a trooper in 1982. He initially served in Palmer and transferred to Fish and Wildlife Protection as a trooper in 1984. He has worked in Sand Point, Kodiak, Fairbanks and Coldfoot. Mumford was promoted to sergeant in 1998 as the Kenai Peninsula supervisor.

He has served as a department pilot 12 years and flies a variety of aircraft. He has received departmental honors for meritorious service and bravery.

As a lieutenant, Mumford will serve as deputy commander of C Detachment, which includes most of western Alaska.

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