ANCHORAGE -

The Anchorage Police Department has named a new deputy chief after the person filling the job left for position in New Mexico.

APD Captain Myron Fanning will take on the job of deputy chief at the end of March.

In a release from the department Monday, Fanning is described as a veteran with more than 20 years of experience with the department.

Fanning joined APD in 1992 and was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and lieutenant in 2008. He attained the rank of captain last year, and has overseen the Crime Suppression Division within APD, including the SWAT Unit, Special Assignment Unit, the K9 unit, school resources officers, and the Community Action Policing Team.

APD Chief Mark Mew said Fanning “cares a great deal about this department, and his dedication shows in his work.”

Fanning’s predecessor, Steve Hebbe, stepped down from the job after taking the position of Chief of the Farmington Police Department in New Mexico.