The Fairbanks Police Chief is on administrative leave today. The City issued a release yesterday (Wednesday) saying Chief Randall Aragon is on paid administrative leave while the city looks into conflict of interest charges. The release states Deputy Chief Brad Johnson will be acting chief during the investigation.
At its meeting Monday, the Fairbanks City Council heard a complaint from the former police chief that Aragon used his office to his own advantage. The complaint says Aragon told a merchant seeking a Fairbanks Police security review of her business that officers were too busy. The complaint says then Aragon then told the merchant his private security business could do the work for $600.
Several Fairbanks Council members Monday called for an independent review, including Councilman Jim Matherly. He says an internal investigation is too close to home.