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Story last updated at 10:42 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Seldovia police chief retires last week

After 31 years and 9 months as Seldovia's police chief and solo cop, Andy Anderson has retired. Anderson, 65, ended his service last Friday.

He cited vision problems as the reason for retiring. Anderson said his vision won't limit regular enjoyment of life, but said it had become a liability in police work.

The city of Seldovia is advertising for a new police chief. Until it fills the position, Alaska State Troopers will provide law enforcement for the village on the south side of Kachemak Bay and in lower Cook Inlet. For emergencies, dial 911, and for non-emergencies, dial 235-8239.

Anderson moved to Seldovia at age 16 in 1964. He met his wife, Ann, there. After working at jobs in Seldovia and around the state, Anderson started working as police chief on Aug. 9, 1979, for what was to be a six-week temporary position. Now in their 45th year of marriage, the Andersons plan on staying in Seldovia. Immediate plans are to visit their daughter, Donica Johnson, in Washington for their grandson's high school graduation.

As for his retirement, Anderson said he has no set plans.

"Not right at present. We're just feeling it out," he said. "We're going to get some fishing in. I've got plans there."