The city of Coeur d'Alene has announced their choice for new chief of police – Lee R. White, currently an assistant police chief in Mesa, Arizona, will assume the post on September 2.
“The biggest thing I'm planning on doing is going on a listening tour,” White said Thursday. “I want to listen to the community and to the officers and open the lines of communication and basically find out how the police department can better serve the community and the residents of Coeur d'Alene.”
White was one of 74 candidates from across the country who applied for the job. During his police career he worked in or supervised nearly every area of police work, making his way through the ranks of the Mesa Police Department from patrol officer to assistant chief.
He also oversaw the department's $157 million budget and was responsible for members of the investigations bureau. He holds a BS in criminal justice from Arizona State University and a Master's Degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.