Seldovia seeking new police chief

Following the resignation in late October of Seldovia Police Chief Shad Haller, the city of Seldovia is seeking a new chief. The Alaska State Troopers are providing law enforcement while Seldovia seeks a new chief, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. Seldovia City Manager Tim Dillon said residents should call 911 in an emergency or his office at 907-242-9709 for other matters.

Haller, a lifelong Seldovia resident, cited the stress of being on call 24 hours, seven days a week as the reason for resigning.

“It was just time. It was a lot of stuff on the family and individual,” he said. “It wasn’t for me anymore.”

“This is not an easy job over here,” Dillon said. “I’m glad he (Haller) tried it and decided he wanted to try something else. I respect that.”

Peters said that the city of Seldovia asked troopers to investigate an incident that involved a family member of Haller and his actions related to that incident. She said the incident is still under investigation and no further information would be released at this time. 

Peters referred further questions to the city of Seldovia.

Citing personnel rules, Dillon said he could not talk about any issues regarding Haller. Haller said nothing happened with him or his family. Haller said he intends to stay in Seldovia with his family.

The Seldovia Police Chief is the only police officer in town. According to a job announcement with the city of Seldovia, people interested in applying should meet Alaska Police Standards Council guidelines for certification as an Alaska peace officer. Graduation from the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy and certification is desirable. If not certified, a candidate should be able to complete the academy within the first year of employment, as Haller did. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and employment form to City Manager, City of Seldovia, P.O. Box B, Seldovia AK 99663 or email citymanager@cityofseldovia.com.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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