Kenneth McCoy, NA Session 265, was promoted to the Chief of Police for the Anchorage Police Department, on July 27, 2021. He began his law enforcement career with Anchorage Police Department in 1994, where he rose through the ranks, serving in command assignments in patrol, detectives, and internal affairs. He was promoted to Acting Chief in April 2021 after serving as Deputy Chief of Operations for 4 years. Chief McCoy is also a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, session 42. Chief McCoy is an executive board member of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) and the Vice President of the FBI National Academy Associates, Alaska Chapter. In 2019, he was inducted as an Honorary Commander for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). Congratulations!
Brian Wilson, NA Session 279, was promoted to Captain of the Anchorage Police Departments Patrol Division on September 3, 2021. Brian has been with Anchorage Police Department for nearly 14 years serving in various leadership roles. Most recently, he was the Lieutenant of Special Operations, where he was the commander of SWAT, K9 Unit, Investigative Support Unit (ISU), Anchorage Bomb Squad, Technical Support Unit, and Crisis Negotiation Team. In his new role as Captain, he oversees the entire Patrol Division. Congratulations!
Gerard Asselin, NA Session 276, was promoted to deputy chief of operations for the Anchorage Police Department on July 1, 2021. Deputy Chief Asselin began his law enforcement career with Anchorage Police Department in 1998. Since that time, he’s served as an officer and sergeant with the Patrol Division and a detective with the Crimes Against Children Unit. He’s also served with Warrants Unit, Special Assignment Unit-Drug Enforcement, Crisis Intervention Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, and Crime Scene Team. He’s worked as a field training officer and domestic violence instructor. Before becoming captain, he served as a lieutenant with the Special Operations Unit. Gerard is a lifelong Alaskan, a member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, and a Service High School graduate and is pursuing his master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership. Congratulations on your promotion and best of wishes.
Chief Justin Doll, NA Session 260, retired July 31, 2021, after 25 years of service to the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage community. Chief Doll was hired on September 30, 1996. In his 25 years of service, Chief Doll was a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief. He served in many units throughout the department to include SWAT, Special Assignment Unit, Bomb Squad, Traffic, and Detectives. Chief Doll has earned many awards throughout his career, including a Life-Saving Award, Meritorious Conduct Award, Work Unit Award, Officer of the Year Award, Police Commendation Award, and Chiefs Letter of Recognition. Congratulations on your retirement, Justin and enjoy your new home in Lexington Virginia!
James P. (Pat) Wellington, NA Session 75, Colonel / Commissioner (Retired) and current member of the Alaska Chapter) passed away May 27, 2021, at a Portland, Oregon assisted living home. He joined the Seward Police Department after turning age 21 and then spent time with the Marshall service as a US Deputy Marshall. He moved to the Alaska State Police (predecessor to the Alaska State Troopers) graduating from Class # 5 in June 1960. In 1963 he took the job as Assistant Police chief in Juneau and was appointed Chief in November of 1963. In 1964 he was elected President of the Alaska Chiefs of Police Association. In 1970 Pat was appointed Deputy Commissioner and in April of 1975, Pat was appointed AST Director (Colonel) by Commissioner Dick Burton. 1977 Pat retired from state service and joined ARCO as their coordinator of Security and later transferred to Alyeska Pipeline as Security Chief. Pat was a founding member of the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers and was a board member for many years. Pat also volunteered to be one of the employee representatives of the Public Employees Association’s Retirement Board. He advocated for members in the State Capital and was always very responsive in answering questions on retirement and our health program. Pat Wellington was a remarkable man and set the example for law enforcement, leadership, and public service involvement for others to follow. God speed Sir.