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State troopers have wrapped up a months-long investigation concerning at least one of Unalaska’s elected officials.

The case is now under review by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

But Unalaskans still know very little about what’s under scrutiny.

Troopers closed the investigation and compiled their findings late last week. Now, the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) will decide what happens next.

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

The Department of Public Safety has a familiar face in a new role. Ramona Thompson took over as fire chief on March 12.

Thompson has over 35 years of fire and EMS experience including 11 years as the EMS coordinator at the department of public safety. Most recently she worked as the Director of Clinical Services at the Iliuliuk Family Health Services Clinic.

KUCB's Zoë Sobel sat down with Thompson who says she decided to apply for the job now because she saw how much the community has struggled to hold on to a fire chief.

 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s DMV reopened this week after almost two months.

The Division of Motor Vehicles closed when its only agent went on personal leave.

Now, Acting Director Jennifer Shockley said the Department of Public Safety has trained another staff member.

"We'll be able to do IDs, vehicle registrations, and Class D drivers licenses — both written testing and road testing," she said. 

For the time being, the DMV won’t offer road tests for motorcyclists or drivers of commercial vehicles, because the new agent hasn’t received that training yet.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

City officials have debated splitting Unalaska’s fire and police divisions for months. Now, they’re also taking a closer look at the Department of Public Safety's director.

Specifically, “the consideration of removing the police chief designation," according to former city manager Nancy Peterson. 

While the Director of Public Safety has served as the police chief for years, Peterson said it’s time to examine whether that’s the most effective system.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Generator upgrades. Library renovations. Even a new fire training facility.

These are just a few of the 18 projects that could receive city funding in the next fiscal year.

This week, the Planning Department presented the Unalaska City Council with an early draft of the 2019 Capital and Major Maintenance Plan, which totals almost $9.8 million.  

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