Police in Alaska Investigating Death of Mayor Found Dead Just Weeks After Taking Office
The newly elected mayor of Alaska's capital city was found dead this week and police are addressing rumors about the circumstances that preceded his passing.
Stephen "Greg" Fisk, 70, was elected mayor of Juneau in October. The 70-year-old's adult son called 911 on Monday saying he found his father dead in his father’s home. Fisk was pronounced dead when authorities arrived.
Juneau Police spokesperson Erann Kalwara called the death "unattended," while also addressing speculation about an assault.
“JPD is aware of rumors that an assault occurred in connection with Fisk’s death,” Erann Kalwara said in a statement. “Those rumors are speculation. Detectives are actively investigating facts of the incident and all evidence is being preserved and documented.”
The Medical Examiner's Office authorized an autopsy, Juneau police said. "Results of the autopsy are expected within several days and will be used to determine the cause of death."
Fisk was a fisheries consultant who defeated incumbent Merrill Sanford last month, Reuters reports.
His deputy mayor, Mary Becker, described Fisk as a fisherman and a champion of economic development.
"It's a devastating event. He was a great person and he will be missed," said Becker, who will now take up the role of Juneau's acting mayor.
Fisk was elected October 6. He was due to serve until 2018.
Becker said she was taking up the role of acting mayor while the city attorney advises on succession protocols. The clerk with the City and Borough of Juneau would issue a media release on Tuesday, officials said.