JPD captain set to retire

Other promotions to come from within

Juneau Police Department Capt. Jerry Nankervis will be honored in a retirement party Thursday.

Nankervis has been in law enforcement for 24 years and said he is excited to do some commercial fishing with his son.

“I haven’t had to shoot anybody and, as far as I know, no one has shot at me,” Nankervis said. “So that is always good.”

JPD Chief Greg Browning will make promotions from within the department to fill positions as a result of the retirement.

Lt. Ed Mercer will move to the position of captain of operations and Officer Dominic Branson to the position of sergeant.

Mercer has 19 years experience in law enforcement. He started his career at the Sitka Police Department in 1993 and moved to Juneau in 2000. He holds an Advanced Certificate from the Alaska Police Standards Council. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and lieutenant in 2006. As lieutenant, he first commanded the Special Operations Unit and later assumed command of the Patrol Division. As captain, Mercer will be in command of both the Patrol Division and the Special Operations Unit.

Branson has 12 years of police experience, all at JPD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and an Intermediate Certificate from the Alaska Police Standards Council. He has considerable experience with drug related investigations and was awarded the Outstanding Service Medal in 2009 after a particularly complex undercover investigation. Branson will be assigned to the Patrol Division.

The promotions will be effective Monday.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at


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