New Missoula Police Chief Begins Service in December - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

New Missoula Police Chief Begins Service in December

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

The Missoula Police Department will start the new year under new leadership.

Current police Chief Mark Muir will retire in December after a 23-year career and Assistant Chief Mike Brady will take the reigns.

"You know, I'm a little anxious about leaving, just because it's a big change in my life," he said.

But, Chief Muir is no stranger to career switches.

Before he got into law enforcement two decades ago, Muir was a manager at Safeway.

Now, he's applied to the University of Montana School of Law, and will use the degree to defend members of law enforcement against civil litigation.

"And potentially see a third chapter in my life."

Muir said one of his biggest accomplishments is the expansion of the department's school resource officer program.

"For law enforcement to be most effective, those sorts of alliances are really critical," Muir said.

Earlier this year, Missoula police entered an agreement with the Department of Justice to improve their response and handling of sexual assault cases, after a year-long DOJ investigation.

Muir explained, "I felt that it was really important that I try to lead this group forward and put this behind us."

Muir said they now require all officers to complete training on how to handle sexual assault cases, and he's confident Mike Brady can lead the department through the rest of the DOJ requirements.

"We are making great strides in educating our officers and developing new protocols for victim services," Brady said.

Brady brings 25 years of law enforcement experience to the table, and has trained alongside Muir for the past five.

"He's included me in all those things that helped me develop, helped me learn, he's been a great instructor, a great friend," Brady said of Muir.

Brady said he's looking forward to bringing a few positive changes to the department as chief.

Next year, he said the department will receive a new computerized record-keeping system and they're assigning a current member of the department as a media relations officer.

"All of those are steps forward to connections with community," he said.

The Missoula Police Chief oversees 102 sworn officers, 23 civilian employees, and an annual budget of $13.6 million.

  • NationalMore>>

  • NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

    NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:42:49 GMT
    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.
    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.
  • White House updating online privacy policy

    White House updating online privacy policy

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:03:15 GMT
    By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile...
    By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and...
  • SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

    SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:02:41 GMT
    SpaceX is back on the launch pad in hopes of making a critical delivery to the International Space Station.
    A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • The Grizzly Hurling Team: Introducing Montana To Something New

    The Grizzly Hurling Team: Introducing Montana To Something New

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:48:09 GMT
    Have you ever heard of the sport hurling?  Not curling, but hurling with an "H" If you're like me, you may have had no idea what that is,but the University of Montana has a pretty impressive hurling team
    Hurling is one of the most popular sports in Ireland, but April 19th is when the first ever Hurling game in Montana will be played by the Grizzlies Hurling Team
  • Hotels Continue To Build In Bozeman

    Hotels Continue To Build In Bozeman

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:07:18 GMT
    The city of Bozeman could see up to five new hotels by 2015. The Comfort Suites in Bozeman is one of three new hotels built off Valley Center in the past year."Since then we have been growing and developing,"
    The city of Bozeman could see up to five new hotels by 2015.
  • SO GOOD: Montana Tech's Xavier Marsden

    SO GOOD: Montana Tech's Xavier Marsden

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:26:24 GMT
    Sophomore cornerback Xavier Marsden is from La Mirada California, right outside Los Angeles. The city boy says he loves being in Butte. "It's been good. Coming from a big city to a small town definitely
    Sophomore cornerback Xavier Marsden is from La Mirada California, right outside Los Angeles. The city boy says he loves being in Butte.
  • Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:13:11 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
  • Montana/ Idaho Border: Lookout Pass Closed After Landslide

    Montana/ Idaho Border: Lookout Pass Closed After Landslide

    Sunday, March 30 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-03-31 02:36:40 GMT
    LOOKOUT PASS, Montana- Lookout Pass near the Idaho/Montana Border is shutdown down following a landslide on I-90. D.O.T. crews are on the scene Sunday evening clearing trying to clear the scene.
    LOOKOUT PASS, Montana- Lookout Pass near the Idaho/Montana Border is shutdown down following a landslide on I-90. D.O.T. crews are on the scene Sunday evening clearing trying to clear the scene.
  • UM Easter Egg Hunt Goes Green

    UM Easter Egg Hunt Goes Green

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:06:34 GMT
    With thousands of plastic eggs set to speckle the lawn at the University of Montana this weekend, a Missoula business is keeping the event green. Missoula Federal Credit Union is making recycling
    With thousands of plastic eggs set to speckle the lawn at the University of Montana this weekend, a Missoula business is keeping the event green.
  • Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:37:02 GMT
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday. The Montana Highway Patrol said Friedman was turning
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday.
  • WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:21:35 GMT
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.