DPS commissioner announces new fire marshal, AST colonel
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price announced two new director-level appointments on Wednesday as part of an effort to build the DPS leadership team.
Richard Boothby is the new state fire marshal and director of the Division of Fire and Life Safety, according to a news release from the department sent Wednesday. He is replacing David Tyler, who DPS says retired at the end of 2018.
“Richard’s previous experience with DPS, wealth of expertise on fire protection issues, and deep connections throughout the state will make him an incredible asset to DPS and DFLS," Price said in the release. "Barry is effectively placed as director and colonel, with a vast knowledge of challenges specific to rural communities, extensive command experience, and a deep understanding of the public safety challenges facing Alaskans.”
Boothby is returning to DPS after serving as the fire chief for the Willow/Caswell Fire Department.
"Mr. Boothby began his fire career in 1983, when he joined the Summit South Hill Fire Department in Washington State," the release stated. "After relocating to Alaska, he joined the Wasilla Fire Department (now the Central Mat-Su Fire Department) in 1987, DPS in 2005 as a plan reviewer in the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and in late 2006 transferred back to the Central Mat-Su Fire Department as a Fire Code Official/Battalion Chief, remaining in that role until 2017."
In the release, DPS also named Captain Barry Wilson as the new colonel and director of the division of the Alaska State Troopers.
Wilson is promoting to colonel after close to eight years as commander of AST's C Detachment covering Western Alaska and the Aleutians.
"Captain Wilson was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and joined AST in 1990, beginning a nearly three-decade career in law enforcement," the release stated. "During his time with AST, Captain Wilson rose to the rank of Captain, and also served as an Investigator and Coordinator of the Search and Rescue Office, before transferring to C Detachment in 2011. Captain Wilson will be an integral part of work to improve morale, expand training, and develop strategic planning to make certain effective staffing is available throughout Alaska."
Price said she is pleased to have both Boothby and Wilson joining DPS' leadership team. They started their new positions on Wednesday.
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