Fairbanks police chief: Down to 2 finalists

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ The city of Fairbanks narrowed its search for a new police chief to two finalists.

In an email to city employees, the finalists were identified as Fairbanks Police Lt. Eric Jewkes and Randall Aragon, the police chief in La Marque, Texas, a small city south of Houston.

AP reports the last round of job interviews will be a public forum scheduled for Sept. 29.

The city has been looking for a new chief since Laren Zager retired in July.

Jewkes was raised in Fairbanks and North Pole, and returned to Alaska after going to college in Mississippi. He has been with the Fairbanks department for 20 years.

Aragon has worked as a police chief in four states and has 35 years of civilian law enforcement experience.