Unalaska police chief resigns

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2001

UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska's police chief has resigned, effective immediately.

Jim Hasenorhl, Director of Public Safety, turned in his resignation to the city council on Tuesday. He has been put on administrative leave until his official departure Jan. 2.

Hasenorhl's resignation comes amid growing local discontent within the department -- especially within the ranks of volunteer fire and emergency tech staffs.

Volunteers have complained that during Hasenorhl's two-year tenure, the appeal process for grievances by volunteers was eliminated, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman reported. Volunteers complained that they had no recourse beyond the director of public safety.

Many of the volunteers took their complaints to city officials.

Hasenorhl was the top choice for the position when he was hired in September 1999. His background includes 16 years in law enforcement, including a five-year stint as Wrangell police chief.

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