Chief Ed Mercer has been with the Juneau Police Department since August 2000. He started his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Sitka Police Department prior to joining JPD. He has promoted through the ranks from Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Police of Chief before accepting the Chief’s position in July 2017.
Chief Mercer holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He serves on the board for the Alaska Association of Chief of Police’s and the FBI CJIS Northwest Group.
Chief Mercer is a life-long Alaskan who grew up in Southeast Alaska. He enjoys the beauty and outdoors the state has to offer.
Deputy Chief David Campbell is a lifelong Alaskan, having been born and raised in Fairbanks. David moved to Juneau in 1995 after accepting a position as a police officer with the Juneau Police Department.
David received a Bachelors Degree in Justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1994. David completed the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in Sitka, and graduated as the class valedictorian. In 2013, David received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. In 2016, David graduated from the FBI National Police Academy as part of Session 264.
David has worked in law enforcement for over 23 years, all of which has been with the Juneau Police Department. As an officer, David worked as a patrol officer and as a narcotics investigator. In 2002, David was promoted to sergeant where he worked in Patrol, Community Services, and Special Operations. In 2012, David was promoted to lieutenant where he worked in Patrol and as the Administration Lieutenant. In 2017, David was promoted to Deputy Chief and oversees all operations for the Department. David’s ancillary duties have included Crisis Team Negotiations Member and Team Leader, Field Training Officer, Public Information Officer, and Polygraph Examiner.
David’s community involvement has included coaching youth basketball, and he was a Rotarian for four years. David is currently the Board President of the University Alaska Southeast Alumni and Friends Association.
Lieutenant Scott Erickson has been in Alaska for over 40 years. Scott was raised in Juneau and began working for the Juneau Police Department in 1995.
Scott completed the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in Sitka in 1990 and again in 1996. Scott’s career in law enforcement began over 23 years ago, and all of that service has been with the Juneau Police Department. As an officer, Scott worked as a patrol officer and as a detective working primarily crimes against persons and computer forensics. In 2007, Scott was promoted to sergeant where he worked in Patrol and Special Operations. In 2013, Scott was promoted to Lieutenant and worked in Patrol, Special Operations, and as the Administration Lieutenant.
Over the last 23 years, Scott has been on SWAT, a lead firearms trainer, Tactical Operations Commander, less than lethal instructor, and computer forensics examiner among many other duties.
Lieutenant Krag Campbell is a lifelong Alaskan, having been born and raised in Ketchikan. Krag moved to Juneau in 2002 after accepting a position as a police officer with the Juneau Police Department. He is married to his best friend, his wife, and they have three wonderful kids.
Krag graduated from the Ketchikan High School in 1995. In 1996, he joined the United States Army and was trained as a military police officer. Krag attended Army basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Krag was first stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and later at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. In 2001, Krag was honorably discharged from the Army, with the intent of pursuing his dream to work in law enforcement.
Krag has worked in law enforcement for over 16 years, all of which has been with the Juneau Police Department. As an officer, Krag worked as a patrol officer and as a detective, specializing in property crimes investigations. Krag was the first officer to achieve the title of Master Police Officer with the Juneau Police Department, and he holds an advanced police officer certificate through the Alaska Police Standards council.
In 2014, Krag was promoted to sergeant, where he worked as one of the five patrol supervisors. In 2017, Krag was promoted to lieutenant where he currently works as the supervisor of the Patrol division.
Over the past 16 years, Krag’s ancillary duties have included being a SWAT team member, Assistant SWAT Leader, Tactical Operations Commander, Field Training Officer, Public Information Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Taser Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, and Chemical Munitions Instructor. Krag is also a trained instructor with the Arbinger Institute.
Krag’s community involvement has included coaching youth baseball and football, and he is a three time member of the JDHS Dad’s Dance Team.
Lieutenant Jeremy Weske was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and developed an interest in law enforcement after seeing his older cousin work as a Police Officer for JPD. During the summers in high school, Jeremy interned in the JPD Records unit and could be seen hauling loads of paperwork between JPD and City Hall in his red Radio Flyer wagon – something that still embarrasses him to this day.
After graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School, Jeremy left Juneau to attend Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. While he may have left college after 4 years with no degree, he took with him an excellent sense of procrastination and eventually finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology 13 years later.
In 2006, Jeremy moved back to Juneau and was hired by the Juneau Police Department. Since being hired, he has worked as a Patrol Officer, a Drug Enforcement Unit Investigator, a Patrol Sergeant, and now a Lieutenant. Jeremy has also served as a Field Training Officer, a Radar/Lidar Instructor, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, and a member of the Accident Reconstruction team.
Public Safety Manager Erann Kalwara is a second generation City and Borough of Juneau employee. Her CBJ career started at the Public Works “City shop” in 1990.
Erann was hired by JPD as a Public Safety Dispatcher in January 1999. She became a Communications Training Officer then a Lead Dispatcher before transferring into the Information Technology Unit as an Information Systems Specialist. In 2001 she spearheaded a project to consolidate dispatch services for the Police and Fire Departments. After spending several years in that position, she promoted to Public Safety Coordinator focusing on database organization, the 911 system, and IT project management.
After leaving JPD for 2 years to work for a software company in the private sector, she returned to JPD in 2009 to work in the Information Technology Unit. A promotion in 2013 moved her into a management position as the Communications Center Manager. At the time, Dispatch was experiencing an all-time low staffing level. Together, Erann and the dispatch team worked to enhance morale, hire and train more dispatchers, and increase training opportunities.
The Department underwent a significant reorganization in 2015, and in addition to Dispatch, Erann assumed management of the Records, Evidence, and Information Technology units. She has enjoyed this new challenge and says that she learns something new every day from the outstanding staff and supervisors in her division. They all work very hard to provide excellent customer service to the community and responders.
Outside of work, Erann enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out by the fire pit, gardening, and volunteering with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Jessica Paskowski moved to Juneau as a child in 1999. It was during this time she started her first job, delivering the Juneau Empire newspaper after school. After graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School, she left to attend Central Washington University. Jessie received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from CWU in 2010.
After graduating, Jessie returned to Juneau where she began working for the City & Borough of Juneau. She first started as the Administrative Assistant to the Parks & Recreation Director, then promoted to the Lands Specialist within the Administration Department, and then promoted to the Administrative Officer with the Juneau Police Department in 2015. As the Administrative Officer, she manages JPD’s $15M budget, handles all of the department’s purchasing and contracts, manages grants, and is working on the department’s marketing for recruitment.
Jessie is married to her best friend, who she met while attending university.
Patti Rumfelt moved to Juneau as a child in 1982 and started her first job while in high school, working at the Udder Culture. After 3 years, Patti began her professional career, working as a legal secretary for a private law firm. After a few years, she then became office manager at a local real estate agency. In 1999, Patti started with the Juneau Police Department, back when it was located in the old station on Admiral Way. Over the many years since, she has held various positions within JPD and at CBJ, including Secretary to the Patrol Captain, Secretary to the Assistant Chief, Secretary to the Chief, Community Service Officer, Legal Assistant, and Administrative Assistant. In her current position, Patti functions as the Chief’s assistant and handles a multitude of administrative duties for the department. Most importantly, Patti is responsible for coordinating all recruitment and hiring for the department. If you’ve called JPD over the past few years for recruitment information or been invited in for testing, chances are that you’ve met Patti!
Accreditation serves to distinguish participating organizations as having met professional standards of conduct and service and reflect the national best practices in the profession. As in other professional organizations, law enforcement leaders recognized the need to develop professional standards. Alaska no longer has an accrediting agency. The Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police has partnered with the Oregon Accreditation Alliance (OAA) to provide accreditation to Alaskan law enforcement agencies. The Juneau Police Department feels strongly that becoming accredited sets a high professional standard for police agencies and is therefore in the process of becoming accredited through OAA.