After roughly a year and a half, the Alaska State Troopers’ latest director has retired from the post.

Col. Hans Brinke stepped down effective Monday according to Jonathon Taylor, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, after speaking with Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

“The commissioner and deputy commissioner thanked him for his nearly 28 years of service,” Taylor said.

According to a state biography Brinke, who took on troopers’ top job in May 2017, rose through the ranks in patrol work, serving as both a K-9 handler and a drug investigator.

During his time as an Anchorage-based captain, Brinke was “integral” in developing the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol before rising to head troopers’ B Detachment in the Mat-Su Borough – an area where troopers have recently faced major staffing concerns.

Troopers have taken steps to address recruitment issues, unveiling a new “Guardians of the 49th” motto and a 7.5 percent pay raise under Gov. Bill Walker.

Maj. Andrew Greenstreet, troopers’ deputy director, is serving as interim director according to Taylor.

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