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The five-person Haines Borough Police Department has a new chief. Last Week, the Haines Borough Assembly granted interim borough manager Julie Cozzi permission to hire William Musser.
Haines borough settles on new police chief 021914 NEWS 1 Capital City Weekly The five-person Haines Borough Police Department has a new chief. Last Week, the Haines Borough Assembly granted interim borough manager Julie Cozzi permission to hire William Musser.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Story last updated at 2/19/2014 - 2:32 pm

Haines borough settles on new police chief

The five-person Haines Borough Police Department has a new chief. Last Week, the Haines Borough Assembly granted interim borough manager Julie Cozzi permission to hire William Musser.

The hiring was first reported by KHNS-FM and the Chilkat Valley News.

Musser's arrival is expected to end a tumultuous period in Haines that began when chief Gary Lowe left the department amid complaints about his behavior toward borough employees.

Lowe received $53,000 from the borough as part of a separation agreement approved by the borough assembly.

Borough manager Mark Earnest resigned in October, slowing the chief replacement process.

In early February, the borough assembly picked Richard Crays of Wyoming for the chief job. That arrangement fell apart when Crays accused the assembly and borough of lying to him in salary negotiations.

The assembly dismissed Crays and turned to Musser, who is expected to receive $75,000 per year and start his job by the end of the month.

Interim chief Simon Ford was the pick of the borough's public safety commission, but Cozzi told the assembly that she is not obligated to abide by the commission's recommendation.


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