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Fairbanks mayor accepts resignation of embattled police chief

 Randall Aragon, former Fairbanks police chief.
Randall Aragon, former Fairbanks police chief. (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 5:09 PM AKDT
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Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly has accepted the resignation of Police Chief Randall Aragon, according to the city’s human resources department.

Matherly accepted Aragon’s resignation on Thursday and it took effect the following day.

An investigation of conflict-of-interest allegations against Aragon is ongoing.

Fairbanks’ Deputy Police Chief Brad Johnson will continue to serve as acting police chief until a permanent replacement is found.

Aragon was originally placed on administrative leave by former Mayor John Eberhart on September 22nd after a complaint that Aragon used his position as police chief to promote his private security business.

Former Police Chief Dan Hoffman made the conflict-of-interest allegation in a letter to the Fairbanks City Council.

Eberhart reinstated Aragon on Oct. 19 citing the recent shooting of a police officer, the Alaska Federation of Natives conference that was hosted earlier this month in Fairbanks, and the department being short-staffed.

Matherly returned Aragon to administrative last Tuesday pending the outcome of the completed investigation.