After 23 years of law enforcement service, Alaska State Trooper Mark Granda retired on Aug. 31, 2021. Like his family, Sealaska is proud of Trooper Granda and his honorable service to the people of Alaska.
Granda’s career in law enforcement began in 1997 with the Sitka Police Department, where he served for nearly four years. In 2001, Granda began his career with the Alaska State Troopers, moving to Soldotna with his wife Alia and children Caitana and Dorian. Granda and his family returned to Juneau where he served the surrounding Southeast communities before transferring north to serve Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and Emmonak/Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. The last leg of Trooper Granda’s service brought him back to the Mat-Su Valley, where he and his wife welcomed their youngest child, Micah. He has held a variety of details including Major Crimes Investigations. He’s a graduate of the National Forensic Academy and is a certified Child Forensic Interviewer. He also completed Peer Support Training through Warriors Rest Foundation.
Trooper Granda is an enrolled tribal citizen with Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and is a Sealaska shareholder. Granda was raised primarily in Juneau by his maternal aunt, Gloria (Southerland) Jack, where he attended Juneau schools and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1992, before joining the Alaska Army National Guard and then the United States Marine Corps.
After a brief and well-deserved break, Granda will begin a new chapter in his life of servitude, in which he will assume the position of training specialist with the Southcentral Foundation’s Family Wellness Warriors program.
Mark is Tlingit, Yeil (Raven), Deisheetaan (Beaver) from Angoon.