The Sitka Police Department is nearing the end of a two-year period marred by several lawsuits brought by former employees. At a recent assembly meeting municipal attorney Brian Hanson reported that the last of the three suits, a sexual harassment claim against the city by former detective Mary Ferguson, is pending settlement.
But as that tumultuous period for the Sitka Police Department draws to a close, new accusations of racism and use of force within the organization have emerged, fueled by the growing national conversation about policing.
CoastAlaska news director Ed Schoenfeld retired last week, after nearly 15 years on the job. We featured Ed in short news story on May 31 -- his last official day -- but we wanted to give you a little more insight into the mind of a guy who's been writing news in Southeast Alaska -- for radio and print -- for over 30 years.
Mollie Kabler has been the executive director of CoastAlaska for over 11 years. As of July 1st, she’ll also be running Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc., which services public stations across the state.