Merrill Sanford is the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
The former three-term Assembly member was honored this weekend at the chamber’s annual dinner.
During his nine years on the Assembly he was twice elected deputy mayor by his peers. He also served on the Juneau Planning Commission.
Sanford is a retired career firefighter for Capital City Fire and Rescue, who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in Vietnam, then returned to Juneau.
Citizen of the Year is the Juneau chamber’s highest award and has been given since 1977.
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