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Deputy Commissioner
William H. Comer

William (Bill) Comer moved to Alaska in 1978 to work in the construction trade, first living in Juneau then moving to Valdez. He began his 33+ year public safety career with the City of Valdez in 1982, when he was hired as a Firefighter/EMT. Over the next four years, Comer advanced his public safety training, becoming; a Structure Fire Attack Team Leader, an EMT II, a Back-Country Rescue Operator, and a Dive Team Leader. In 1986, he attended the DPS Municipal Police Academy #3 in Sitka, Alaska to begin his law enforcement career with the newly combined City of Valdez Department of Emergency Services; a combined Police and Fire Department. In 1990, when the City of Valdez separated the Police and Fire Departments, he stayed with the Valdez Police Department. During Comer’s career with the Valdez Police Department, he served as; a Narcotics Investigator, SWAT team member, Field Training Officer, and Jail and Dispatch Supervisor. Comer was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and promoted to Lieutenant in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed as Chief of Police and maintained that position until accepting the Deputy Commissioner position with DPS.

Deputy Commissioner Comer is a graduate of the FBI National Academy ( session #199), and has accrued well over 1,500 hours of public safety training during his career. He has served on multiple boards and commissions to include; the Valdez City School Board, Valdez United Way, Advocates of Victims of Violence, and the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police Working Groups. Bill is married with four daughters and four grandchildren; all of whom reside in Alaska.

Contact Information

Physical Address

State of Alaska Department of Public Safety
Office of the Commissioner
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507-1225

Mailing Address

State of Alaska Department of Public Safety
Office of the Commissioner
PO Box 111200
Juneau, AK 99811-1200

Contact Us

Phone: (907) 269-5086
Fax: (907) 269-4543
Email: email commissioner