Agners head for Montana
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Two of Petersburg’s longest-serving police officers retired last week (Friday). Police Chief Jim Agner and Investigator Heidi Agner have been with the department since the couple first came to Petersburg in 1994. Jim Agner has served as chief for the last three-and-a-half years. On the their last day of work, Matt Lichtenstein stopped by the police station and asked the Agners for their parting thoughts about a the need for a new facility as well as some of the other challenges facing the department and the community.
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Jim and Heidi Agner dressed up for their last day on the job,. The leather work they’re wearing was all made by Heidi Agner.
The Agners are leaving Petersburg for Montana where they hope to make a living with Jim’s firearms engraving and Heidi’s leathercraft.
A pistol engraved by Jim Agner
Newly-hired police chief is Kelly Swihart takes over in July. In the meantime, retired police captain Bruce Westre is serving as Petersburg’s acting chief.
Petersburg officials are hoping to discuss ways to keep a Coast Guard cutter stationed in this Southeast community. Petersburg’s borough assembly wants to talk about changes to the waterfront to accommodate newer, larger patrol vessels, and it’s part of a discussion going on up and down Alaska’s coastline. more
The Alaska Supreme Court may have a decision in the next month or two on the boundaries of the Petersburg borough.
The size of the new municipality has been up in the air since it was approved by area residents in December of 2012. That’s because the city and borough Juneau sought to annex some of the same land on the northern end of the proposed Petersburg borough. A superior court ruled in Petersburg’s favor last year and Juneau appealed that ruling to the state’s highest court. more