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Tolley sworn in as new Anchorage police chief

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The Anchorage Police Department is officially under new leadership. On Monday, Christopher Tolley stepped into Mark Mew’s shoes as chief of police.


A short and simple change of chiefs ceremony was held outside the police station.


Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz spoke first, saying, “We have great achievements behind us, and greater ahead of us.”


He recognized and celebrated the work of Chief Mew and formally welcomed Chief Tolley to the department.


Both men spoke briefly.


“Mainly, I want to say thanks to everybody. I want to say thanks to our department. This is about them,” Mew said. “We have a damn fine department and this job is the great thing it is because of the people we have working here at the APD.”


Mew spent more than 30 years with APD. He served five of them as chief. He said Monday’s ceremony is about moving forward, not moving back.


He thanked the community for allowing him to serve and trusting them with their safety


After Mew’s remarks, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth swore Tolley into his new position. Tolley brings more than 30 years of experience with the Baltimore Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.


He says he’s ready to tackle the difficult job.


“We will meet the challenges before us with integrity, courage, and respect. Respect for not just ourselves but everyone we come in contact with,” Tolley said.


The new chief announced additional changes in command this afternoon. Kenneth Spadafora will serve as deputy chief of administration and Garry Gilliam will serve as deputy chief of operations.


The post Tolley sworn in as new Anchorage police chief appeared first on KTVA 11.



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