Derek Bos to serve as next Juneau Chief of Police

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Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The City and Borough of Juneau has announced that Derek Bos will serve as the next Chief of the Juneau Police Department. Chief Bos’ appointment is effective February 1, 2024.

“Chief Bos is a proven leader with the executive law enforcement skills that will serve JPD and the community well,” said City Manager Katie Koester. “I look forward to welcoming Derek and his family to Juneau.”

“It is an honor to be entrusted with the safety and well-being of the citizens of Juneau and a privilege to take on the responsibility of leading the Juneau Police Department,” said Bos. “I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited to become a part of JPD. My family and I consider it a rich blessing to join the Juneau community, and we look forward to building new friendships and embarking on a new journey of leadership with JPD.”

Chief Bos succeeds former Chief Ed Mercer, who retired in July. Following a nationwide search, CBJ announced three finalists in September. Bos made a visit to Juneau shortly afterwards, where he met with Juneau Police Department officers and staff, interviewed with CBJ staff, and took part in a public town hall answering questions from the Juneau community.

Chief Bos most recently served as Chief of the Eagle Police Department in the Town of Eagle, Colorado. Prior to this role, he served as Chief of Police for the Brush Police Department in Brush, Colorado. Bos began his law enforcement career as a sworn officer with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office in Chaffee, Colorado, in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies with an emphasis on Criminal Justice from Dordt College.