Cordova welcomes new police chief

Outgoing Police Chief Nate Taylor

Cordova has bid farewell to Police Chief Nate Taylor and welcomed veteran law enforcement officer Andrew Goss as their new chief, with plans for an official swearing in ceremony Sept. 7 during the Cordova City Council meeting.

Goss was hired, effective immediately, after an extensive background check and interview. City Manager Helen Howarth said she is impressed by Goss’s knowledge and expertise, and also by his love for Cordova.

Goss moved to Cordova a year ago when his wife, Kadee Goss, accepted a job as chief nursing officer at the Cordova Community Medical Center. The couple purchased a house, and their four children all attend schools in Cordova.

Andrew Goss is a former sergeant with the police force in Tooele, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. He is fluent in Spanish, is experienced in interrogation, crisis intervention and emergency response. His prior post involved being an investigator member of the Major Accident Investigation Team, a K-9 officer, field training officer and instructor in de-escalation, taser operations and emergency vehicle operations. He is also a licensed certified nursing assistant and is medically certified to take charge of a scene until emergency medical technicians and an ambulance arrives.

The city hosted a farewell party on Aug. 17 for Taylor, who has accepted a job as an officer with the Valdez Police Department. Taylor had been with the Cordova Police Department for almost a decade, first as an officer and later as chief. Howarth and Mayor Dave Allison thanked him for his years of dedicated service. Taylor said he was excited about the opportunities of moving to a community that is on the road system.