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JPD says farewell to two outgoing officers and an administrator

Posted: February 26, 2013 - 7:21pm  |  Updated: February 27, 2013 - 1:05am
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Sgt. Paul Hatch  Courtesy photo
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Sgt. Paul Hatch

The Juneau Police Department is saying farewell to two outgoing officers, one of whom is retiring after nearly 21 years of service and one who is relocating to Washington after 11 years of service.

JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell says Sgt. Paul Hatch is retiring having served for almost 21 years. Hatch most recently headed up the criminal investigations unit for the department. His last day is Thursday.

Investigator Brandon Lawrenson is resigning after working for JPD for about 11 years. He began working for JPD as a dispatcher and worked his way up to an investigator with the drug enforcement unit.

Campbell said Lawrenson is relocating to western Washington where he was hired to work for the Marysville Police Department.

Another familiar face is leaving JPD but not Juneau. Administrative Manager and part-time Public Information Officer Cindee Brown-Mills had her last day with JPD on Friday after seven years of service.

Brown-Mills was responsible for the Department’s fiscal activities, records unit, computer systems and information technology staff, communication centers, radio programs and for maintaining police facilities.

She said in a phone interview Friday she will begin a new job on March 1 with the state of Alaska, helping to provide financial aid services for students.

Campbell said one of the current patrol sergeants, Sgt. Scott Erickson, has been chosen to take Hatch’s position heading up the investigations unit. Detective Brian Dallas will be promoted on March 11 to fill Erickson’s position, and one of the downtown patrol officers, Nick Garza, will take Dallas’s post.

The police chief for the past 13 years, Greg Browning, announced earlier this year that he will be retiring in May and will be returning to Texas after 34 years in law enforcement.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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