Chief of Police Biography
Ernest I. Amundsen
May 6, 1936 – May 1938
May 6, 1936, Ernest (Ernie) I. Amundsen was appointed Chief of Police after the resignation of W.L. Brewington. Ernie Amundsen was born in Lake Preston, South Dakota in 1886. At the age of nineteen Ernest arrived in Valdez, Alaska seeking his fortune along with so many other boomers. After considerable moving around the Territory, he came to the tent city of Ship Creek (Anchorage) in 1915, bought a lot at 810 8th Avenue, and immediately built a log cabin. In the late 1915 and early 1916 in need of funds, he and a partner contracted with the AEC to grade a portion of the railroad right-of-way.
In 1917 he moved to Halibut Cove to fish for herring and salmon, and when the herring run ended he moved to Kodiak where he operated a herring saltery. After Ernie’s 1922 marriage to Victoria Lampe, they moved to Anchorage in 1923 and occupied the cabin he built in 1915. Ernie worked for J.B. Gottstein Company, a wholesale grocer prior to becoming the postmaster of Anchorage. After serving four years, he joined the Anchorage Police Dept. as Chief in 1936. Amundsen resigned May 1938 due to health problems. He died in 1938 from cancer.
His salary was set by the Council at $200 a month.