BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue accepted the resignation of Police Chief Dave Moore at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Virtue read aloud the resignation letter submitted by Moore stating that "while his decision comes with some mixed feelings, he has decided that it's time' to retire." Moore's official retirement date will be May 31. A native of Pocatello, Moore has served as Blackfoot Chief of Police since 1997.
"I appreciate and respect his [Moore's] decision and his service to the city," Virtue stated. "There comes an appropriate time in everyone's life when the time is right for a transition."
Councilman Rich Woodfin echoed Virtue's sentiment, adding, "I want to publicly thank Chief Moore for all that he done and for his service to the city."
Moore, who was in attendance at the meeting, said that while he is looking forward to "relaxing" after retirement, he anticipates working on a few projects with the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association, a group that he has been active with for the past 15 years.
Virtue said that he will appropriately appoint Police Captain Kurt Asmus as interim chief of police until a new chief is named.
Asmus, who has served with the department since 1991, said he is honored and excited to take on the challenge as interim chief.
"This is where I started my career and this is where I want it to finish," Asmus said. "This community has been extremely good to my family and me. I want to continue working for the city and the people here in Blackfoot."