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Mayor Sullivan Names Mark Mew Anchorage Police Department Chief

ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan announced today Mark Mew as his selection for the next Anchorage Police Department Chief. Effective no later than Jan. 31, 2010, Mew will begin his tenure as the Chief of Police.

"We identified several qualified applicants and, because of that, the selection process was not easy," said Mayor Sullivan. "However, I am confident that we have selected the best candidate for the position. Mark Mew was chosen as the Anchorage Police Chief because of his tremendous leadership skills, vast experience and strong commitment to the citizens of Anchorage. I look forward to working closely with Mew as he begins work on reversing some of the disturbing crime rate trends we've seen during the last few years. I have no doubt that he will do so in the same spirit of community cooperation and respect for which the APD is so well known."

Mew joined the Anchorage Police Department in 1983 as a patrol officer, and advanced through the ranks to serve as Deputy Chief between 1997-2000, Acting Chief in 2001, and Deputy Chief of Administration from 2001-2003. Currently, Mew works at the Anchorage School District as the Director of Security and Emergency Preparedness, a position he has held since 2003.

Mew was one of the three finalists identified by the mayor's police chief search committee in October. The search committee, which was comprised of seven community members and chaired by former APD public affairs specialist Ron McGee, worked collaboratively to screen applicants and make recommendations to the mayor.

"We have no doubt that the strong foundations Mew has built with community stakeholders will continue to thrive and grow under his leadership," said Ron McGee. "He made it clear to the committee through his work ethic and dedication that he is committed to the future of the APD."

Mew has received a great deal of specialized training. A partial list includes the Department of Justice's Gun Violence and Community Policing Seminar and Youth Crime Prevention Conference; FEMA's Incident Command Training; National Institute of Ethics Integrity Leadership Course; FBI Advanced Crisis Negotiation Seminar, and many others. He also has served on many boards and commissions, including the Minority Police Relations Task Force; Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's Crime Committee; Mayor's Community Youth Violence and Gang Response Team; and McLaughlin Youth Center Community Advisory Board, among others.

Mew is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science/Anthropology from the University of Oregon in Eugene.

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