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ALASKA n Colonel Jim Cockrell , Session #195 has retired from the Alaska State Troopers to accept a posi- tion as Security Supervisor with Tesoro at the Kenai, Alaska refin- ery. Jim

n Colonel Steve Bear , Session #219 has retired from the Alaska State Troopers. Steve started his career in 1990 and rose through

3% of Masons are nominated worldwide.

n Alaska State Trooper Captain Tony April is a graduate of Ses- sion #226 and he is a member of the Alaska Chapter. Tony was recently elected National Parliamentarian for the National Organiza- tion of Black Law

n Alaska State Trooper Captain BarryWilson , graduate of Ses- sion #244 and current Southcen- tral Vice President of the Alaska Chapter was selected to repre- sent Alaska law enforcement at

the ranks serving in the Alaska Wildlife Troopers side of the agency. Steve and his wife Renee have five children.

started his career with the Alaska State Troopers in 1983

the Law Enforce- ment

Enforce- ment Ex- ecutives (NOBLE). Tony was also nomi- nated, selected, and elevated to Illustri- ous Grand Inspector General aka 33rd and Last Degree of the Ma- sons. Only

Torch Run for Special Olympics, WorldWin- ter Games in Austria in March.

and retired as a Major in 2004. He worked an additional three years under a federal grant and retired again in 2007. He spent six years in private security before his appointment as Colo- nel of the Alaska State Troopers in June 2013 and retired again in May 2017. n The City of Ketchikan has a new Police Chief as of May 2017. Lt JoeWhite , Session #254 had served the city as the Acting Chief of Police since January when Colonel Jim Cockrell, NA 195 tired. Joe attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1995 and started his career with the Ketchikan Police Department in 1996. Joe is married to Natalie , and they have five children. Chief Joe White, NA 254 Chief Alan Bengaard , Session #206 re-

Colonel Steve Bear, NA 219

They will be moving to Wash- ington State as Steve has been appointed the Chief of Law En- forcement with the Washington Department of Fish andWildlife. n Juneau Police Department’s Deputy Chief Edwin Mercer , graduate of Session #259 took over the reins as the new Chief of Police at the end of July. He is a born and raised Alaskan from Sitka and started his law en- forcement career in 1992 as

Captain Tony April, NA 226

Captain Barry Wilson


National Parliamentarian, Tony April

a reserve officer for the Sitka Police De- partment until 1993

Chief Edwin Mercer, NA 259

when he was offered a full time police officer position. In 2000, Ed was hired by the Juneau Po- lice Department. For the next 17 years, he worked his way through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieuten- ant, Captain, and Deputy Chief.

Tony and his comrades in the Masons did their civic duty by helping with Clean-up Day in Anchorage, specifically on their designated “Adopt A Road” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Tony is in the blue shirt on the right.

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