Mayor Eberhart Nominates Chief of Police

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMayor Eberhart will be nominating Randall Aragon as the new Chief of Police at the Fairbanks City Council meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014. The City Council will be asked to concur with the nomination via a Memorandum at the meeting.


The final two candidates, Lieutenant Eric Jewkes of the Fairbanks Police Department, and Chief Randall Aragon of the City of La Marque, Texas, were interviewed by a panel of five people, which included Mayor Eberhart, Council Member Chris Anderson, Council Member Bernard Gatewood, Human Resources Director Barbara Sunday, and Ana Marie Richards, Co-Chair on the Fairbanks Diversity Council.


Five community leaders also each asked a question. The community leaders were Wyatt Hoyes – Lathrop High School Student Body President, Shirley Lee – Native Justice Task Force, Frank Turney – Citizen Activist, Rodney Gaskins – Executive Director, Fairbanks Rescue Mission, and Reverend Joe Blackburn – Pastor, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.  Additionally, six questions were chosen from the public members in attendance.  The group of ten, plus the City of Fairbanks Chief of Staff, Jim Williams, convened after the public forum interviews to discuss the candidates and help the Mayor determine who the best candidate for the position was.


“This was a tough decision because both candidates were impressive with many strengths.  I believe that at this time Chief Aragon is the candidate best prepared to attain some of the goals I have set for the Fairbanks Police Department. These goals include transparency, communication, and diversity while continuing the very professional and valuable work that FPD does in our community,” Mayor Eberhart stated in an email to the City employees and Council Members.


If approved by City Council, the tentative plan is for Chief Aragon to begin work on December 1, 2014.


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