City of Soldotna, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula

In the very heart of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula!

 
POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER BIOGRAPHIES

Chief Peter Mlynarik
Peter was hired as the Chief in November 2012. Prior to becoming the Chief, Peter spent over twenty-two years with the Alaska State Troopers. Although he grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, he moved all over the state with the Troopers. He served in Soldotna, Yakutat, Iliamna, Anchorage, King Salmon, and Bethel. He attained the rank of Captain as a detachment commander while with the Troopers. Peter attended the 229th Session of the FBI National Academy in Virginia in 2007. He holds an Advanced Police Certificate with the Alaska Police Standards Council.

Sergeant Duane Kant
Sergeant Duane Kant was hired as a Soldotna Police Officer in February 1992.  Since that time, he has also served as a Patrol Officer and a Detective. He was promoted to Sergeant in November of 2006. Sergeant Kant attended the State of Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in Sitka in 1993. Sergeant Kant is a Certified Field Training Officer; DARE Officer, and Radar Instructor for the Department. He is a US Army Veteran, having been stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska from 1989-1992, and serving as an Engineer officer. Sergeant Kant is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a 2010 graduate of the 240th session of the   FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Sergeant Stace Escott
Sergeant Stace Escott began working for the Soldotna Police Department in August 2000.  He attended the 24 th session of the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in Sitka Alaska.  Sgt. Escott served as a Patrol Officer and Certified Field Training Officer before leaving the department in October 2005. 

 

He then moved to Amelia Island Florida and worked as a Director of Facility Services for Senior Living Communities where he received the “Director of the Year”  award in 2007 among 78 directors.  Sgt. Escott was rehired by the Soldotna Police Department in June 2010.  He is a graduate of BYU Idaho and Weber State University where he studied Criminal Justice.  While attending college he also served two internships for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department.
 


Officer Tobin Brennan
Officer Tobin Brennan began working for the Soldotna Police Department in June 2000. He was born and raised in Anchorage.  He attended college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.  During his time at UAF Officer Brennan worked as an intern for the North Slope Borough Department of Public Safety.  He attended the 21 st session of the State of Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy located in Sitka Alaska. 


After graduating the police academy Officer Brennan worked for the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit before joining the Soldotna Police Department.  Officer Brennan started as a patrol officer and then was assigned to the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement from October of 2002 to January or 2005.  During that time he attended the Drug Enforcement Agency's Investigator course, the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement School and numerous other training courses.  Officer Brennan is a Standardized Field Sobriety Test and Datamaster instructor.  He is also the Breath Alcohol Program Supervisor for the Soldotna Police Department. Officer Brennan holds an Advanced Police Certificate with the Alaska Police Standards Council , and is a Certified Police Instructor.  He is a member of the Alaska Peace Officers Association and formally served as a Kenai Chapter Board member.  Officer Brennan was 2009 recipient of the Department's Community Service Award and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Officer Brennan also serves as a Field Training Officer and a Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer. 

Officer Mark Berestoff
Officer Mark Berestoff came to the Soldotna Police Department from Wisconsin in August 2000. Officer Berestoff received his Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Western Technical College in LaCrosse Wisconsin and his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Mountain State University in Beckley West Virginia. Officer Berestoff attended the 58th session of the Wisconsin State Police Academy. After completing his academy training, Officer Berestoff began his Law Enforcement career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as the Superintendent of Mill Bluff State Park and as a Conservation Warden.

 

During this time, he also worked as a Patrol Officer for the cities of Stoddard and Necedah Police Departments. He worked as a part-time Dispatcher for the City of Tomah, Wisconsin and also as a Deputy Sheriff for the Juneau County Sheriff's Department. After two years, Officer Berestoff assumed the Chief of Police position for the Camp Douglas Police Department. Officer Berestoff held this position until relocating to Alaska. Officer Berestoff attended the re-certification program at the Alaska Police Training Academy in Sitka Alaska in January 2001.  He is currently certified as a Firearms Instructor and a Glock Armorer. Officer Berestoff has served as a drug investigator for the Western Alaska Alcohol Narcotics Team. Officer Berestoff is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol officer and serves as the Community Services Coordinator.

Officer David Bower
Officer David Bower came to the Soldotna Police Department from Libby, Montana in March 2004. He lived in Alaska in his youth and always wanted to return.  Officer Bower began his Law Enforcement career as a reserve deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in 1996. He was hired by the Libby Police Department as a patrolman in 1998, and attended the 107th Session of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

 

In Libby, Officer Bower received the following department commendations: Unit Citation, Combat Action, and Meritorious Unit Commendation for his distinguished involvement as an initial officer against an armed adversary in the Wolf Creek Shootout; Distinguished Volunteer Service Cross; and Good Conduct.  Officer Bower attended the re-certification program at the Department of Public Safety Academy in Sitka , Alaska in January 2005. Officer Bower is currently assigned to the Patrol Division for the Soldotna Police Department.

Sergeant Rory Espy
Officer Espy began his career in law enforcement as an Explorer with the Alaska Peace Officer Association, Explorer Post #460, while attending high school in Kenai, Alaska. After spending several years with the volunteer post, Officer Espy went on to work as a Seasonal Officer for the Kenai Police Department, assisting with management of the Kenai River Dipnet Fishery.

In November, 2005, Officer Espy accepted a position as Correctional Officer for the State of Alaska, Department of Corrections, at Spring Creek Correctional Center. While serving at Spring Creek, Officer Espy advanced to Prisoner Transportation as well as served on the Tactical Response Team. In January, 2008, Officer Espy was hired by the Soldotna Police Department, graduating from State of Alaska's Law Enforcement Academy Training #39, as valedictorian in June, 2008. Officer Espy currently serves as a patrolman for the Soldotna Police Department.
 

Officer Derek Urban
Officer Derek Urban came to the Soldotna Police Department from Vernal, Utah in July of 2008. Officer Urban began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a Military Police K-9 handler for the United States Marine Corps. After his military service he was hired with the Uintah County Sheriff's Office in Vernal, Utah. There he held many positions including that of a correctional deputy, patrol deputy, S.W.A.T. officer/sniper, and K-9 handler. He left his former department having achieved the rank of Sergeant. Officer Urban has competed in several K-9 and sniper competitions, including an international sniper competition in the country of Austria.
 

Officer Urban's past service also includes time with the Uintah County Drug Court where he worked as an administrator supervising drug offenders in rehabilitation. Officer Urban is an International Association of Chiefs of Police certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructor as well as a firearms instructor. Officer Urban is currently assigned to the Patrol division of the Soldotna Police Department.
 

Officer Stephen Clary
Officer Stephen Clary came to the Soldotna Police Department from Kellogg, Idaho in October 2011.Officer Clary began his Law Enforcement career as a Reserve Officer in his home town of Spirit Lake, Idaho in January 2005. He was hired by the Kellogg Police Department as a patrolman in May 2005, and attended the 148th Session of the Idaho’s Police Officer Standards and Training Academy in October 2005.

 

Officer Clary attended the re-certification program at the Department of Public Safety in Sitka, Alaska in January 2012. Officer Clary is currently assigned to the Patrol Division for the Soldotna Police Department.

Officer Michelle Wicker
Officer Michelle Wicker was hired by the Soldotna Police Department in January 2012. Officer Wicker worked for the University Police Department as a Seawolf Safety Patrol Officer while attending the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). In December 2008, Officer Wicker graduated with honors from UAA with a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and a minor in Psychology.

 

She graduated from the State of Alaska’s Law Enforcement Academy Training #1201, as valedictorian in June, 2012. Officer Wicker is currently assigned to the patrol division at the Soldotna Police Department.

Officer Justin Swangel
Officer Justin Swangel was hired by the Soldotna Police Department in July 2012. Officer Swangel worked for Unalaska Department of Public Safety from October 2010 until June 2012 as a patrol officer. Officer Swangel also served in the Oregon Army National Guard from December 1993 until April 2003.

 

He graduated from the Fairbanks Police Academy session #20 in May 2011. Officer Swangel is currently assigned to the patrol division at the Soldotna Police Department.

Officer Mitchell Burdick
Officer Mitchell Burdick was hired as a Soldotna Police Officer in July 2013. He was born and raised in Soldotna, AK and graduated from Skyview High school in May of 2003. In November of 2007, Officer Burdick joined the U.S. Navy. During that time, he was stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, and served as a Naval Air crewman 2nd Class Petty Officer in the Helicopter mine countermeasures squadron 15. During his tour of duty Officer Burdick received a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Battle “E” Ribbon, and National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He also received the Aircrew Student Academic Achievement Award.

Susan Linn
Susan Linn was hired as a part time clerk by the Soldotna Police Department on June 6, 2003. In July 2004, Sue became a fulltime administrative clerk, and in November of 2005, she was hired as the department’s administrative assistant to the Chief of Police. In addition to those duties, in April of 2005 she became the civilian evidence custodian.

 

Sue was born in Tacoma, Washington, and was raised mostly in Tacoma, but as a military brat, she also lived in Anchorage, AK, Lompoc, CA, and Wiesbaden, Germany. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where she earned her BA in English Language and Literature. Before moving to Soldotna in 2002, Sue lived in Unalaska where she worked in the Unalaska City School District as an instructional aide from 1990 – 1995. In 1995 she was hired by the State of Alaska and worked as a Fish and Wildlife Technician until she moved to Soldotna in 2005.

Samantha Bower
Samantha Bower was hired by the Soldotna Police Department as a Police Clerk I in June of 2008. She is a lifelong Alaska resident and was born and raised in the Soldotna area. Samantha completed the Associate of Arts program at Kenai Peninsula College in May of 2010, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She was promoted to Police Clerk II in June of 2012. Samantha currently serves as Secretary of the Public Safety Employees Association at the Soldotna Police Department and Treasurer of the Alaska Peace Officers Association, Kenai Peninsula chapter.


City of Soldotna, Alaska






Walk-in Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Administrative Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Patrol Hours:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Location:
Soldotna Police Department
44510 Sterling Highway
Soldotna, AK 99669

Phone: 907-262-4455
Fax: 907-262-4421
   
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