Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly has chosen Anchorage police Lt. Nancy Reeder to be the next Fairbanks police chief.
Reeder has been with the Anchorage Police Department since 1984 and was an officer, traffic sergeant and detective before becoming a lieutenant. Reeder was also a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for four years and a member of the Alaska Air National Guard for two years.
Reeder has accepted an employment offer that is contingent on a successful background check and confirmation by the Fairbanks City Council, according to a news release issued by the mayor's office Thursday morning.
If accepted, Reeder will replace Police Chief Eric Jewkes, a 25-year veteran of the department who will retire at the end of this month.
The hiring process included interviews with a panel of city of Fairbanks department heads and law enforcement, military and community leaders. Earlier this month, the panel narrowed the candidate field to three people — Fairbanks police Lt. Gregory Foster, Ryan Gillogly and Reeder.
Foster grew up in Fairbanks and has been with the Fairbanks department for more than 20 years. Gillogly has lived in Fairbanks since 2014 and is the current Fort Wainwright provost marshal and director of emergency services. The three candidates were presented at a public forum, and the panel made a recommendation to Matherly afterward.
Matherly said he feels Reeder is the right person for the job.
"Reeder brings with her a wealth of very long experience with APD," Matherly said by phone Thursday afternoon. "I was just very impressed with her resume and her years of serving the Anchorage community. That’s what really led me to choose her."
Matherly said Fairbanks police are already familiar with Reeder through past work together.
"She worked with the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children task force), and she partnered with both North Pole and Fairbanks police through that. After 35 years with APD, you’re almost assured some kind of overlap with other departments in the state," Matherly said.
The City Council, which was not involved with the hiring process, will have a chance to vote on Reeder's employment offer at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.
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