The village public safety officer (VPSO) for Emmonak is due in court this Thursday for a pre-indictment hearing.


According to Alaska State Troopers, 68-year-old Jay Leroy Levan pointed a firearm at three Emmonak residents while on duty last month. He was arrested in Anchorage on April 20 and now faces three felony charges of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.


Emmonak City Manager Martin Moore said Levan will not return to VPSO duty while he is under investigation. Moore said city officials will also meet with Troopers and the Association of Village Council Presidents to consider replacing Levan as VPSO.


Levan is also a member of the Emmonak City Council and the community’s volunteer fire chief. Emmonak officials plan to address Levan’s status in both roles at a City Council meeting next week.