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Posted on: October 19, 2022

City of Valdez News Release

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Former Valdez Mayor Bert Cottle Has Died

 For immediate release: 10/19/2022; 5:00 p.m.

Valdez, AK - The City of Valdez is deeply saddened by the passing of former mayor and police chief Bert Cottle. Cottle was hired as a police officer in the summer of 1974 and served the community until he retired from law enforcement in 1996. While Cottle began as a patrolman, he moved up the ranks, being promoted to sergeant and acting chief until finally serving as police chief for the seven years before his retirement. 

Cottle continued to reside in Valdez for many years and was an active member of the community. In 2000, Cottle returned to public service as mayor, a position he held until 2010.

In 2011, Cottle moved to Wasilla to accept the deputy administrator position for the City of Wasilla. Cottle later went on to serve as mayor of Wasilla.

City Clerk Sheri Pierce who worked with Cottle for several years, shared, “Bert always reminded me how much he loved Valdez. To say he cared deeply about our community is an understatement.”

With the passing of former mayor Bert Cottle, Valdez has lost one of its most dedicated public servants. In this spirit, the City of Valdez extends our condolences to his friends and family. 

In honor and respect for the numerous contributions Bert Cottle has made to the City of Valdez, the city manager has ordered the flying of the United States flag at half-staff beginning October 19 until sunset on October 21.




Contact: Ana Hinkle, communications director, or 907.834.3400

COV News Release/PSA #22-0011

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