Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson today named Michael Kerle as Anchorage’s next Chief of Police.
“Deputy Chief Kerle’s qualifications, career experience, and dedication to APD speaks for itself” said Mayor Bronson. “I appreciate his willingness to continue serving the Municipality of Anchorage as the next police chief. Deputy Chief Kerle is dedicated to protecting all communities in Anchorage. Public safety for our residents in the Muni is our number one priority as we seek to make Anchorage the safest city in America to work, live, and play.”
Kerle has served with the Anchorage Police Department for 25 years and is currently serving as the deputy chief. Kerle began his law enforcement career in 1996 when he joined APD as a recruit in the Academy. He was promoted to deputy chief in February, 2020.
Kerle was born and raised in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He traveled the world with the United States Army as a commissioned officer before settling in Alaska in 1995 to be closer to his wife’s family.
Over the course of his 25 year career at APD, he has held positions in the patrol division, special operations, and crime suppression.
He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of New York, is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program and the Administrative Officer’s Course from the Southern Institute at the University of Louisville, the FBI Hazardous Devices Executive Management School, and the SWAT Commanders’ School.
Kerle takes over for current Police Chief Kenneth McCoy, who is retiring in February to accept a position outside the municipal government.