Birmingham's Studt a Candidate for Juneau Police Chief

Birmingham's police chief is one of three finalists vying for a position in Alaska's capital this week.


Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt is a finalist for the top police job in Juneau, Alaska.

Studt, who joined the department in 1974 and was appointed chief in 2010, will travel to Alaska later this week along with two other candidates to participate in a special assessment.

"This presented itself as a unique opportunity for me and I'm grateful to be selected a finalist, but we'll leave it at that right now," Studt said by phone Monday.

He formally told city commissioners about the opportunity Monday and City Manager Bob Bruner late last week. Bruner said he did not expect any formal discussion of the matter at Monday's commission meeting, and that it was premature to begin discussing a replacement process. However, city officials have known for some time that Studt is nearing retirement as a member of the deferred retirement option program, he added.

"We know that he's a short-timer in a sense, but we'll want to see if he gets and accepts the position before we really start discussing it," Bruner said.

Greg Browning, Juneau's current police chief will retire May 31, according to published reports.

Other candidates for the Juneau position are from departments in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Meridan, Idaho, according to Juneau Alaska Communications. They will join Studt Wednesday and Thursday in what the city calls an assessment center — where officials observe each candidate in different scenarios to assess abilities and management style. Citizens will also have the opportunity to meet with the candidates Thursday evening.

Studt, who's youngest son lives in Juneau, said he expects to be back at work in Birmingham next Monday.

Racer Boy April 08, 2013 at 10:33 PM
It will be difficult to see a dedicated veteran of 39 years depart the city and we will all wish him the best if he is successful in his new quest. Having said that, it may be of some benefit to bring in someone from the outside to take a fresh look at the department and its operation.
R Jeppostol April 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
What makes you think his would-be successor will be someone from the "outside?"
Racer Boy April 09, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Read and comprehend the post, please. I said, "...it may be of some benefit to bring in someone from the outside..."
Chuck Moss April 09, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Don Studt is a good cop and a classy guy who's done much for this community. We'll miss him greatly, but if he wants to trade MI winters for AK winters, he goes with our gratitude and best wishes.
R Jeppostol April 09, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I read your post very carefully. I just thought it went without saying that someone would be promoted from the inside to become chief, given that, that's the way it has always worked.
Greg Thrasher April 09, 2013 at 02:57 PM
In my life long role as an activist Chief Studt has been one of the most professional and principled law enforcement official I have encountered. He would a great cop in any venue and I wish him success in this pursuit.
Racer Boy April 10, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Birmingham is the only city in Oaklnd County that saw an increase in both violent crimes and property crimes. The City needs to take a serious look at it's Police Department to see how this trend can be corrected.
Greg Thrasher April 10, 2013 at 07:49 PM
What trend? A snapshot is not a trend more importantly with regard to crimes best to examine the causal nature before indicting the police department. Police departments not reason for criminals nor crime .
Racer Boy April 11, 2013 at 04:03 AM
These statistics are based on deviation from the last 5 year average. That is a trend.
Clinton Baller April 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Racer Boy: I'm sure we'd all be interested in seeing the statistics to which you refer. A link maybe? And while you're working on transparency, might you consider abandoning your anonymity?
Racer Boy April 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM
http://www.scoop.it/t/michigan-real-estate/p/3227089599/metro-detroit-sees-property-violent-crime-rates-fall. Mr. Baller, I have considered it and have exercised my personal privacy rights not to do so at this time. Regardless of my decision, and your opinion of the same, the facts I present are accurate.
R Jeppostol April 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130417/NEWS02/130417041/Birmingham-police-chief-declines-job-offer-Alaska So apparently chief Studt was offered the job in Juneau but declined, citing his 2016 plans for retirement. He's a boss, so I was pretty sure they would pick him, but I'm now wondering why he applied if he wasn't planning on working there at all.
Racer Boy April 25, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Well, if you thought about it long enough, you might think it was a pretty good way to get to visit with your son, who lives there, on someone elses nickel. That's a long trip to make for a job you really don't want. Most likely, he had second thoughts after he met the folks he would be working for and with. Glad he decided to stay.


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