Council taps new police chief
The Mountain Home City Council has tentatively approved the appointment of John T. Walter as the new police chief of Mountain Home.
Walter currently is commander of investigations for the Prairie Village Police Department, a suburb of Kansas City, Kan. He has 21 years of experience in law enforcement. He holds an MPA in public administration from the University of Kansas, a BA from Baptist Bible College, and is a graduated of the FBI National Academy. He has twice been honored for valor for his service as a police officer.
"Mayor-elect Rist has selected Mr. Walter, I whole-heartedly back the decision and I ask the council to approve the appointment," said McNeal
The council approved the appointment subject to Walter passing five special conditions of employment.
Walter must pass a background investigation to be conducted by the State of Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Staff, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, a drug screening test, and a basic medical examination.
Following the conditional approval, McNeal thanked mayor-elect Rist for the time he put in interviewing the candidates,.
"The selection committee did a wonderful job. (City Treasurer) Leanna (Taylor) went above and beyond, and I appreciate the effort," said Rist.
Urquidi acknowledged McNeal for his work in putting the selection committee together and Rist for aiding in the nomination of the new chief.