Steve Hebbe
Steve Hebbe (Courtesy of Anchorage Police Department)

FARMINGTON — Farmington officials announced Thursday evening that Steve Hebbe will be the city's next chief of police.

Hebbe, the Anchorage (Alaska) Police Department's deputy chief, will take over the position March 10.

Hebbe has worked with the Anchorage Police Department for 23 years, including 10 years as a lieutenant or higher-ranking officer.

A city of Farmington news release said Heebe was interested in the position because, like Anchorage, Farmington is the main hub for a rural area with a diverse population. More than 24,000 of Anchorage's 298,000 residents were Native American, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

"Mr. Hebbe's qualifications and experience to lead an effective police force and ensure public safety, his ability to reach out to the community by being highly visible and listening to the public, and his commitment to transparency and accountability made him the standout candidate in a field of highly qualified applicants," Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes said in a prepared statement.

During his service with the Anchorage Police Department, Hebbe received two leadership awards, was named officer of the quarter, received a lifesaving award, received a letter of commendation from the police chief and was nominated as municipal employee of the year.

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.