Former Soldotna police chief hired to run Wrangell department

Dale Eugene "Gene" Meek has been hired as Wrangell's new police chief and will start the job on July 22.

He most recently served as police chief in Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula.

Borough Manager Mason Villarma, who met with Meek several times during his visit to town over the weekend, said he and Mayor Patty Gilbert had dinner with Meek and his wife, Mechel (pronounced "mee-shell"), on Saturday.

The day before, soon after his arrival on the afternoon flight on Friday, Meek met with members of the community at an open house. According to Kate Thomas, the borough's economic development direct...


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