Boardman names new police chief

Richard Stokoe

Richard Stokoe has been hired as the new police chief in Boardman.

The announcement was made by Boardman City Manager Karen Pettigrew at Tuesday night’s Boardman City Council meeting.

Stokoe, who has been the police chief in Nyssa since 2009, has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience. 

Prior to arriving in Nyssa, Stokoe worked for the Caribou County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Department as the undersheriff for three years and deputy sheriff for 12 years. He has also worked with the City of Wendell, Idaho, Police Department; the City of Council, Idaho, Police Department and the Adams County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Department.

Boardman retained a Seattl consulting firm, Prothman, in April to recruit candidates for the position. Prothman received 26 applications for the job and in October, Boardman officials interviewed four of those applicants.

Lt. Loren Dieter has been serving as interim chief since March after the resignation of John Zeiler.

Dieter will be working closely with Stokoe in the coming weeks to prepare for the transition.

Stokoe said in a press release that he is “excited” to be making the move to Boardman.

“We as a police department are not going to solve any one problem by ourselves,” Stokoe said. “We have to have, as a philosophy, the community as our partner as we attempt to serve and solve crime.

“I will be open to the community. I want to find out from the community how we can better serve them.”

Stokoe will officially begin his duties on Dec. 1.


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