Palmer Police Chief leaving for try at overseas job

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

PALMER (AP) -- Palmer Police Chief Laren Zager is planning to step down after 10 months on the job because he hopes to get hired by an international law enforcement agency.

Veteran Palmer police officer Russ Boatright will serve as acting chief until a permanent replacement can be found. Zager is a former Anchorage police captain who succeeded Palmer Police Chief Michael Lamb in January.

If he's accepted, Zager would be sent to Kosovo for a year to serve under a United Nations-run police mission. The agency provides police protection for nations that might not otherwise have any.

Zager will be leaving for Virginia in a couple of weeks where he must complete nine days of tests before he can join the international program.

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