Representative Chuck Kopp, a lifelong Alaskan, is the son of educators and entrepreneurs. Chuck has a B.A. in Justice from UAA and chose a career in public safety that spanned over 23 years. He served in the Anchorage and the Kenai Police Departments and graduated from the National Training Center of Polygraph Science as a Certified Expert Polygraph Examiner, skills he put to use in successfully resolving three homicides on the Kenai Peninsula where the victim’s bodies were never recovered. One of these murder cases is documented by author Phil Hermanek in The Trials of Billy Dean Smith: A True Story of Murders on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.
He served 7 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Kenai, and as Acting City Manager from 2005 – 2006. Alaska Governors Murkowski and Palin both appointed him to an oversight role on their transition teams with respect to the Department of Public Safety. From 2010 – 2016 Chuck served as Chief of Staff to two Alaska State Senators. In November 2016 he was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives for District 24 and serves on the Education, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees.
Chuck is an Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 under 40”, and in 2006 was inducted into the first inaugural class of the Alaska High School Hall of Fame for outstanding performance as a multisport athlete.
Chuck recently served the State of Alaska as a Governor appointee to Alaska’s Education Challenge Task Force on the Tribal & Community Ownership Committee.
Chuck and his wife Trish have been married 30 years and have three children.
High School, Cook Inlet Academy, Soldotna 1979-1983
B.A. Justice, University of Alaska, Anchorage 1983-1987
FBI National Academy, Marine Corps Base Quantico 1996
Public Administration, Graduate Course Work, U of AK, Southeast 1999
POLITICAL AND GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:
Governor Palin appointee to Chair Dept. of Public Safety transition team 2006
Alaska Police Standards Council, Member & Board Chair 2003-2007
Alaska Judicial Council, Member 2007-2008
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Police Reserve Officer, Anchorage Police Department 1986-1989
Police Officer, City of Kenai, Alaska, and Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska 1989-2009
Chief of Police, City of Kenai 2002-2008
Acting City Manager, City of Kenai 2005-2006
Chief of Staff, serving Alaska State Senators 2010-2016
SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS MEMBERSHIP:
Anchorage Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee 2012-2018
Alaska Peace Officers Association 1993-2018
Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center 1995-2002
Music, hiking, trail running, camping, hunting and fishing
Alaska Peace Officer Association – Statewide “Member of the Year” 2001
Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 under 40” 2004
Inductee, ASAA, Alaska High School Sports Hall of Fame 2006