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Bryce Johnson selected as Juneau's new police chief

Johnson to begin work with JPD in June

Posted: May 15, 2013 - 2:33pm  |  Updated: May 16, 2013 - 12:10am
Bryce Johnson is one of three finalists for the job of Juneau Police Chief. Johnson is currently the Assistant Bureau Commander for the Salt Lake City Police Department.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Bryce Johnson is one of three finalists for the job of Juneau Police Chief. Johnson is currently the Assistant Bureau Commander for the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The Assistant Bureau Commander of the Salt Lake City Police Department has been selected to be Juneau’s next police chief.

The city manager’s office announced Wednesday that Bryce Johnson will replace current Juneau Police Department Chief Greg Browning, who is retiring.

“I am very pleased that Bryce Johnson has accepted our offer of employment,” City Manager Kim Kiefer said in a prepared statement. “Bryce has an impressive law enforcement background and he performed very well in the recent assessment center exercises. The raters felt confident that Bryce had the experience and attributes needed to be an excellent police chief for Juneau, and he was also favored in the selection process by current police department staff.”

Johnson has been employed by the Salt Lake City Police Department since 1992, and has worked his way up the ranks to the Assistant Bureau Commander, Kiefer said. In the past, Johnson worked for the U.S. Naval Reserve as a reserve intelligence specialist and for the Salt Lake City School District teaching criminal justice and law enforcement classes at the high school level.

He has a bachelor of science in political science from the University of Utah and a Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

“I am very much looking forward to living and working in Juneau,” Johnson said in a release. “I fell in love with the community during my time there, and my wife and family are excited to be coming to Alaska. Juneau is a vibrant community, and it is clear that the police department plays a vital role in keeping it so. I look forward to building on the excellent foundation JPD has created and helping the department meet the current and future needs of the community.”

Johnson is replacing Chief Browning, who has retiring after 13 years at JPD. Prior to working in Juneau, Browning served 21 years at the Amarillo Texas Police Department.

Johnson will be in Juneau briefly the week of May 20 to work with Browning, and he is slated to begin full-time employment on Monday, June 3.

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

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