Acting police chief named by interim city manager
Lt. Bart Hinkle takes helm of police dept. as Comer heads to Juneau
Photos courtesy City of Valdez
Lt. Bart Hinkle, left, has been named acting police chief. Chief Bill Comer, right, will be leaving VPD at the end of October.
Lt. Bart Hinkle, age 39, was named acting police chief last week by interim city manager Robert Jean.
Valdez Star file photo
Lt. Bart Hinkle, right, in a VPD training video.
Hinkle, who has been with the Valdez Police Dept. since 1999, will fill the shoes of Chief Bill Comer, who will be leaving Valdez before the end of the year. Comer was named deputy commissioner for the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety - an position appointed by Gov. Bill Walker - last week.
The city's public information officer, Allie Hendrickson, said in an email Friday that the city will begin recruitment for a permanent chief in early 2016 after the new city manager, Dennis Ragsdale, takes office.
Hinkle, who has acted in Comer's place as needed for the past several years, has been involved in a number of high profile cases developed by Valdez police. He has also held a number of leadership positions in police programs including the department's bomb squad, robotic program and ALICE training.