POLITICS

New Mayor Of Alaska's State Capital Found Dead At Home

Greg Fisk, 70, took office in Juneau in October.

The new mayor of Alaska's state capital has died just weeks after taking office, authorities said.

Stephen "Greg" Fisk, elected mayor of Juneau on Oct. 20, was found dead at his home on Monday, according to a Juneau Police Department report.

Police received a 911 call from his adult son at 3:34 p.m. reporting a dead person at the property, reported KTUUAfter police and fire crews arrived at the scene, Fisk, 70, was pronounced dead. 

An investigation into what police described as an "unattended death" is underway. 

In a statement, the Juneau Police Department said it was "aware of rumors that an assault occurred in connection with Fisk's death." 

"Those rumors are speculation. Detectives are actively investigating facts of the incident and all evidence is being preserved and documented," the statement added.

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage has authorized an autopsy and the results are expected within several days. 

On Monday night, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) paid tribute to Fisk on Twitter:

Juneau deputy mayor Mary Becker said the death of her good friend Fisk, who defeated incumbent Merrill Sanford last month and was due to serve until 2018, was a "devastating event," reported KTOO.

"He was a great person and he will be missed," Becker said. She will temporarily take up the role of acting mayor.

Fisk was a fisherman who championed economic development, among other causes. A profile on KTOO published before the election revealed he had a son named Ian and a grandson called Kai.

The City and Borough of Juneau cancelled assembly meetings on Monday night, reported KTUU. The city attorney is advising on succession protocols, and the clerk with the City and Borough of Juneau will issue a media release on Tuesday, officials said.

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