Anchorage fire chief to be replaced under Mayor Sullivan

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Fire Chief Craig Goodrich says he has learned he will be replaced under Mayor Dan Sullivan's new administration.

Goodrich said Sullivan told him the news in a phone call Sunday night.

The mayor's spokeswoman, Sarah Erkmann, said no decisions on personnel matters have been made final.

That includes the future of Police Chief Rob Heun. He told The Anchorage Daily News through a spokesman Wednesday he's starting to look for another job.

Sullivan asked all top executives to submit letters of resignation as he begins a new administration. About 125 city employees work at the discretion of the mayor.

Sullivan was sworn in July 1.

"Every executive wants to build his own people in key places, and I do too," Sullivan said.

Goodrich, 60, has worked for the Fire Department for 29 years. He left in 1994 to become state fire marshal under Gov. Tony Knowles. He returned to the Anchorage department and was named chief in January 2006.

"I would prefer not to have gone, but anytime you elect a new mayor, the community is electing the mayor expecting changes in both personnel and policy," Goodrich said. "I guess I'm going to start looking for a job."

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