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Anchorage police chief no longer in top running for California job

 New APD Chief Justin Doll
New APD Chief Justin Doll (KTUU)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 2:48 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll is no longer a top candidate to lead the San Jose, California police department, according to a memo from San Jose’s city manager to its city council.

Doll, who has been with APD for nearly 25 years, was one of seven finalists who participated in a virtual police chief candidate forum with San Jose residents, and in community member interviews.

Ultimately, the city manager wrote, the city had more than 50 community members involved in these interviews and give their top recommendations for chief. The city now has four finalists — three from within the San Jose Police Department and one from Pittsburgh.

“I would also like to thank the three other candidates that participated in the Police Chief Candidate Forum and interviews,” wrote City Manager David Sykes. “They made this choice incredibly difficult because of their strong credentials and thorough answers to the many questions they were asked. I wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

The same day the city of San Jose announced that Doll was one of their finalists, Doll announced his retirement from the Anchorage Police Department.

“I was honored to be considered as a candidate for Chief of Police with the San Jose Police Department, and I sincerely wish them success with their search,” Doll said in a prepared statement on Tuesday. “Although I will not be moving on to San Jose, I still intend to retire after nearly 25 years with APD at the end of June.”

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