- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s largest city will have a new police chief.

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Chris Tolley will become the new police chief in October. Berkowitz in a statement says Tolley will begin as a deputy chief on Sept. 1 to help the transition process before taking the top job.

Berkowitz, who took office July 1, says Tolley shares his vision for the expansion of community policing.

Tolley has been leading the Alaska region for the DEA, and has been with the federal agency for 28 years. Before that, he served six years as a police officer in Baltimore.

Tolley replaces Mark Mew as police chief. Berkowitz’s office says Mew will go to work for a private firm which provides overseas services on behalf of the U.S. government.

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