Wasilla hires former trooper captain as police chief

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2001

WASILLA (AP) -- The former head of the Palmer detachment of the Alaska State Troopers is taking over as police chief in Wasilla.

Don Savage, 54, took over as Wasilla chief Wednesday, Mayor Sarah Palin said.

''This is my dream job, and I can't wait to get started,'' Savage said.

Savage led the Palmer post from 1996 until he retired earlier this year with the rank of captain. He spent more than 26 years with the troopers, including stints at Soldotna, Sitka and Kodiak, where he also served as a Fish and Wildlife Protection trooper.

Savage replaces Charlie Fannon, who is moving to a new city job as communications coordinator. He'll work on a proposed regional dispatch center in the community. Wasilla is seeking a $1.6 million federal grant for the center, which would be located at the Wasilla police station.

Savage will make $65,000 a year as chief of the 21-member Wasilla department.

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