Chief Johnson talks about his successor on Action Line

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Outgoing Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson talked about the person who will succeed him once he steps down July 28 while a guest on Action Line this week.

    When asked about level of confidence the community should have in Ed Mercer, Johnson said Mercer has helped him tremendously.    "He is very good at all the things that I needed help with."

    Johnson cited Mercer's qualifications  which include graduation from the FBI National Academy.  In addition, he's been a police officer, a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and the deputy chief for the last four years.  As a result, Johnson said Mercer knows all the inner workings of the police department.

    "You won't find a more experienced, skilled  person," according to the chief.  "And he understands the nuances of Juneau. He understands that we're just a little bit different from most other places, because he's lived here and done that for a long time."

    Mercer takes over after July 28, Johnson's last day on the job here.  Johnson is  headed to Idaho Falls, Idaho to be the police chief there.

     

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