Fairbanks police chief plans to retire

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The Fairbanks police chief is planning to retire from the position he has held since 2009.

Reports say Zegar's retirement is effective July 1.

Until the city selects a replacement, Deputy Chief Brad Johnson will serve as interim chief.

City spokeswoman Amber Courtney said Thursday that Zager had long planned to retire and his retirement is not a surprise.

Courtney says Zager does not want to be interviewed about the retirement because he feels it is a non-issue.

Courtney says it's her understanding that Zager decided to stay longer to help new Mayor John Eberhart, who took office in October.

In a letter to staffers, Zager says his original vision of leading the department for two or three years extended to more than five.