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The City of King Cove’s Department of Public Safety is in search of a seasoned Director to supervise and direct this department which includes police officers, fire chief, dispatchers, and volunteer fire and EMT squads. The position’s focus is on ensuring the safety and security of our 875 residents, which also includes one of the largest year-round fish processors in Alaska. King Cove has rich history of over 110 years as one of Alaska’s premier coastal fishing communities. It is located 625 miles southwest of Anchorage at the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. The community is accessible only by air and water.

Minimum of 6 years desired in law enforcement and public safety with three years in a supervisory role, preferably at the rank of sergeant or above. Graduate of an accredited Police Academy. Possess an Advanced Certificate from the Alaska Police Standards Council, or ability to obtain one within 10 months of hire. (Out of state certified officers must attend a recertification academy in Alaska). Experience advancing a culture of professionalism, integrity, and accountability. The candidate must demonstrate ethical, effective decision-making and be able to engage with community stakeholders to address public safety concerns and promote community policing initiatives.


  • As the Director of Public Safety, provides strategic leadership and supervision of all Department personnel.
  • Oversees the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws to maintain peace and order within the community.
  • Collaborates closely with emergency response teams to provide timely and efficient support services while prioritizing the safety and well-being of individuals in need.
  • Develops the annual departmental budget which is approximately $750,000 and monitors and authorizes expenditures in accordance with approved budget.
  • Manages the city’s jail facility and will work with City Administration on the potential for an upgraded and/or new Public Safety Facility.
  • Conducts crime prevention programs and investigations as necessary.
  • Maintains and/or supervises all department records, including agency criminal and noncriminal records in accordance with city, state, and federal records retention policies.
  • Participates in public relations efforts such as assisting with community events, parades, and activities.
  • Stays current with professional Public Safety best practices, and procedures. Ensures departmental personnel understanding and compliance with same.
  • Makes recommendations to the Administration and City Council regarding changes in municipal ordinances for the Department.
  • Represents the City in matters regarding law enforcement and public safety matters. Makes public presentations, provides testimony, and regularly interfaces with the community’s elected officials and public on these matters.
  • Participates in training and implementation of the Incident Command System.

The City offers a competitive compensation package based on experience and qualifications. Family housing including all utilities is provided. A take home vehicle is also provided. Retirement plans, health insurance coverage, and support for relocation expenses are part of the comprehensive benefits package. The Director and their family will also receive annual round trip tickets to Anchorage, AK.

To Apply
Please submit your cover letter, comprehensive resume highlighting relevant experience, professional references, and APSC Form F-3 to Mayor Warren Wilson ( and Gary Hennigh, City Administrator (

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