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Three finalists for Juneau police chief

The new chief of police in Juneau might literally be known as Chief Bos?

Maybe. It’s either that or Chief Campbell or Kingsbury.

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The City and Borough of Juneau has narrowed its list to three finalists for the chief of police position that opened upon the retirement of Chief Ed Mercer on July 31. The finalists are:

Derek Bos

Derek Bos is the Police Chief for Eagle Police Department in the town of Eagle, Colo., a role he has held for just 10 months — since December 2022.

Chief Bos previously held the position of Chief of Police for the Brush Police Department in Brush, Colo. from 2018 to 2022. Bos started his career as a sworn officer with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office in Chaffee, Colo. where he held a variety of roles from 2006 to 2016.

Bos earned a bachelor of arts degree in political studies with an emphasis on criminal justice from Dordt University, a Christian college in Iowa.

Krag Campbell

Lt. Campbell serves with the Juneau Police Department, a role he has held since October 2017.  Born and raised in Ketchikan, Campbell started his career as a police officer at JPD in 2002 and has been promoted through the JPD ranks to his current role. Campbell grew up in Ketchikan. He earned his Alaska Advanced Police Certificate and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in 2019.

Joshua Kingsbury

Kingsbury works for Amazon, but he started his career as a sworn officer with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1996 and retired in 2021 as a Captain with oversight of Field Services, Criminal Investigations, and Judicial Operations/Administration. Since then, he has been employed as a multi-site loss prevention lead for Amazon in Albuquerque. Kingsbury holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Western New Mexico University.

The finalists for the Police Chief were selected after initial screening by the Human Resources and Risk Management Director and interviews with the City Manager’s Office. All finalists will participate in an on-site selection process, including community town halls and meetings with JPD and CBJ staff, starting on September 26, 2023.

The public is invited to town hall meetings with each finalist in the City Hall Assembly Chambers at the following times:

  • Krag Campbell, Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 p.m.
  • Joshua Kingsbury, Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 p.m.
  • Derek Bos, Thursday, September 28, 5:30 p.m.

After each town hall meeting, the public is welcome to submit feedback on the candidate to the city manager for consideration in the selection process.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. If I still lived there I’d be preferring someone who was willing to do whats necessary to get control of Juneau’s burgeoning drug culture and honestly I’m pretty sure Campbell isn’t the guy.

  2. Krag Campbell is good, but I really think they dropped the ball by not including the current assistant chief, also a Campbell, not related that I know of. David Campbell should have made the cut above some Amazon employee or someone else that job hops.


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