Shareholder Spotlight: Officer Jon Gallen
Anchorage Police Department (APD) recruiter and backgrounds investigator Officer Jon Gallen is a Doyon, Limited Class C shareholder originally from Northway, Alaska. He is the son of James Gallen of Northway and Rebecca Gallen, who was born in Tanana. Gallen is the grandson of Ada and James Gallen, and Clara Clark and the late Ralph Holmberg, Sr. Gallen and his wife, Allison, live in Anchorage, where they are raising their three sons: Lucas, 13; Sean, 9; and Ryan, 2.
Gallen, who was raised in Northway, always knew he wanted to work in law enforcement. His father served as an Alaska State Trooper for over 35 years, inspiring Gallen to follow suit. Gallen often asked his father questions about being in law enforcement and, throughout his childhood, was taught that what he did as a youth could affect the opportunities available to him as an adult.
After graduating high school in Northway, Gallen joined the U.S. military where he served as a military policeman for five years with the intent to become a state trooper once his service was completed. After his service, Gallen was approached by the APD where more opportunities were available. He was eventually recruited as a patrol officer.
Gallen has since been with the APD for more than 12 years. In March, Gallen was offered the position of recruiter/backgrounds investigator. He now recruits police officers for the APD and performs background investigations on applicants, who face a very competitive environment, with only 5 percent of applicants successfully making it through the hiring process.
Gallen’s goals within the APD include growing diversity on the force, employing more qualified Alaska Natives, and reaching out to youth about the importance of integrity and doing the right thing in order to create more opportunities for themselves in the future. Gallen has already met with the Alaska Youth Academy and Afognak Native Corporation youth. He looks forward to meeting with more youth groups to encourage them to make an impact in their communities by living a life of integrity, doing the right thing, and working toward future goals, which hopefully, for a few, will be in law enforcement.
“We do this to help people,” Gallen said. “Being able to help people and assist in the hiring process to create a path for others to do the same has been a good experience.”