Former police chief heads ANJC

The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) has named Walt Monegan its new president and chief executive officer. Monegan was formerly the Anchorage police chief and the Alaska public safety commissioner.

Monegan joins ANJC with many years of public service experience. He worked in law enforcement for 33 years with the Anchorage Police Department, where he was appointed chief of police in 2001. He served as chief of police for five years until he retired from the police force in 2006. In 2006, he was appointed Alaska public safety commissioner, where he served until 2008.

Monegan is of Yup’ik, Tlingit and Irish heritage. After working as a radio announcer at the Bethel public radio station KYUK (AM), a commercial fisherman and a laborer, Monegan found his niche in public service, first as a U.S. Marine, then as a volunteer medic firefighter and then in law enforcement.

Monegan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Alaska Pacific University and has received training in Northwestern University’s Traffic Institute Staff and Command School, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy’s School of State and Local Government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute.

He has been honored for his police service by the Alaska Native Justice Center and the Anchorage Samoan Community, who made him an honorary chief.