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Fairbanks Mayor Selects Anchorage Police Lieutenant to Replace Retiring Chief Jewkes

Fairbanks Police Department

Anchorage police Lieutenant Nancy Reeder has accepted Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly’s offer   to serve as the city’s new police chief.

Matherly says he chose Reeder over two other finalists vying for the job that’s about to be vacated by retiring Chief Eric Jewkes.

“She’s a terrific candidate, with a lot of experience,” Matherly said.

Reeder’s served in several positions during her 35 years with Anchorage police, and she now heads up the department’s Internal Affairs office. Reeder’s also an Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard veteran. Matherly says she’s also worked with Fairbanks police on cases and other issues.

“So, it’s going to be an excellent fit,” he said, “and I’m very happy she’s accepted.”

Matherly says the job offer is contingent on her passing routine background checks, and approval by the City Council. He expects the council will consider the issue in next week’s meeting.

“The City Council will be hearing more about it on Monday, at the Monday meeting,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get their nod, and then she could be in place in mid-May.”

If approved, Reeder will be the first woman to serve as Fairbanks Police chief.

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.