By Ben Muir 

Police chief and deputy clerk plan to retire


January 11, 2018

The police chief and deputy clerk in Petersburg announced they plan to retire in July, a decision the married couple made together after a year of pondering.

The police chief, Kelly Swihart, and his wife, Melinda, the deputy borough clerk, said they plan to retire after the chief’s contract expires on June 30, he said.

“We have been debating for the past year on whether or not we wanted to renew my contract in Petersburg,” said Mr. Swihart, who says his leaving is not a resignation. “Or look in other law enforcement opportunities in Alaska, or, ya know, just go ahead and retire....

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