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As was expected, Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus was officially appointed the city's new police chief by the Blackfoot City Council Tuesday evening.
Asmus will take over as police chief on June 1, replacing Police Chief David Moore, who will retire at the end of the month. Moore recommended Asmus to the council as his replacement in March when he turned in his resignation letter to Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue.
Asmus, who has worked for the Blackfoot Police Department since 1991, serving as captain since 2002, addressed the council saying, "I am more than ready to serve. The Chief [David Moore] has done a great job training me and has made the city a better place. I am looking forward to continuing my service to the city and the people who have become my family for over 20 years."
Asmus briefly noted some of the goals he has in mind as the new police chief which include working closely with local businesses and the Bingham County Crisis Center.
"I see domestic violence as a huge problem here," he noted.
Asmus also addressed the 'gun issue,' saying, "We must be on top of the people who need help mentally and see that resources are available to get people the help that they need."
Asmus said that is also important to him to work closely with the kids in the community.
Mayor Virtue said he has no qualms about "the soon to be police chief."
Kurt [Asmus] is groomed and professional and ready to take on this position," he said.