Former police chief in Juneau, Mike Gelston, passes away

    Photo courtesy of Juneau Police Department

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Former Juneau Police Chief Mike Gelston has passed away.

    A post to the department's web site said Gelston passed away on December 31 following an illness.  He was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in late 2019.

    Gelston was hired as a police officer in Juneau in June of 1968.   He held many positions and rose through the ranks to become chief in 1985.  He retired in July of 1993.

    Long time friend and fellow softball teammate Sandy Williams remembered Gelston.

    "Well, I've known Mike a long, long, time and he was just a good friend."

    Williams also mentioned that his buddy was a heck of a ballplayer.  "He played for the First National Caps for many, many years."  Sandy and Mike and their wives even made a trip to Europe to play softball."

    "Looking back, he was just a good, good guy," Williams said.

    Services are pending.  The family has decided that a gathering will be held when it's safe given our COVID environment.


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