Chief of Police Biography
Robert R. Huttle
May 1938 – March 4, 1942
Robert Huttle was born in St. George, Pozsony CO. Hungry June 19. 1891. He immigrated to the United States in 1909. Prior to coming to Alaska in 1933 he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for twenty years, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant.
In January of 1936, Robert Huttle was hired as a patrolman with APD and 21 days later he gave up his beat to come indoors as the Assistant Chief, replacing the then seriously ill Chief of Police Ernie Amundsen. At the time, the police force consisted of a total of two people, the Chief and Assistant Chief. Robert Huttle was appointed Chief of Police in 1938 and held that position until he was reactiviated by the Marine Corp. in March of 1942 serving our country until the end of WWII. During his tenure as Chief, Huttle raised the Department from two to eight partrolmen, two automobiles (the cities first), several night guards and other employees under its jurisdiction.
After his time in Alaska, Huttle moved to Washington State and died February 15, 1967.