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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Public Invited to Meet Pocatello Police Chief Candidates

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The public is invited to meet the final three candidates vying for the Pocatello Police Chief job. 


Monday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Pocatello City Council Chambers, citizens will have the chance to hear from each of the candidates as well as to ask questions. The final three candidates are: 


Jim Peterson - Retired Deputy Chief of the Pocatello Police Department

Roger Schei - Deputy Chief of the Pocatello Police Department

Brian Underwood - United States Marshal with the Department of Justice


At the start of the meeting, the candidates will have up to 10 minutes to introduce themselves and describe what experience and qualities they will bring to the Chief position and the Police Department. Following their presentations, an informal “meet and greet” will begin, lasting until 6:30.


Biographies submitted by each of the candidates are included below. 


Current Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand is retiring in mid-June after a 35-year career in law enforcement.   


City Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at sbeebe@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson is an Idaho native and attended school in Blackfoot, Idaho, graduating from Blackfoot High School. Peterson attended Idaho State University and graduated from the ISU Law Enforcement Program in 1984. While attending the Law Enforcement program, Peterson joined the Chubbuck Police Department as a Reserve Officer. 


Peterson was hired as a patrol officer with the Pocatello Police Department in January of 1985. Peterson worked his way up through the department and ultimately reached the rank of major and was the deputy chief of police for the department. He served in that position from 2012 until he retired from the department in June of 2018. Peterson served in every division within the Pocatello Police Department as both an officer and a supervisor.


While working Peterson went back to Idaho State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2009. Peterson is a 2011 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and holds a Management Certificate from the Idaho POST Academy.


Peterson is married to Elizabeth Peterson, who served with the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office for thirty years. They have two sons who are also in law enforcement.


Roger Schei

Major Roger Schei has served in law enforcement for 29 years, 25 with the Pocatello Police Department.  He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police. Roger has experience working in every division in different capacities, which has given him an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities for officers and leaders in Law Enforcement. 


Roger has an extensive training background both as a student and instructor, including the FBI National Academy, FBI Command College, and other key leadership seminars. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Herzing University in Criminal Justice, and a Management Certificate through Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).  Currently, Major Schei is POST certified in high liability instruction, and has assisted in implementing several progressive programs for the department. He has a comprehensive background writing and developing policies, procedures, strategic plans, lesson plans, and budgets.   


He believes in strong community relationships and has worked with several local organizations. In 2016 he was honored with the Ron Timpson award from Pocatello NAACP for human rights advocacy, volunteerism, and commitment to improving the Pocatello community. He’s a resolute protector of children’s rights and serves as President of the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).  


Brian Underwood

Brian Todd Underwood, age 52, was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Pocatello High School. After High School, he spent two years doing voluntary missionary work in Jamaica.  


Underwood earned an Associate’s and Bachelor of Science degree from Idaho State University. He also achieved Idaho’s Advanced Peace Officer Certification and completed the Idaho Certified Public Manager Course.  


Underwood began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Police Officer for the City of Pocatello.  He joined the Idaho Department of Correction in 1992 as a Probation/Parole Officer, rising through the ranks to serve as District Manager of the Sixth District Probation Office. From 2002 to 2010, he served as Warden of the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. Brian was recognized as volunteer of the year for the Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteered as treasurer for the Bannock County Child Abuse Task Force. Other notable public service includes 10 years as an elected member of the Pocatello City Council.


On May 20, 2010, Brian took the Oath of Office as the United States Marshal for the District of Idaho.   


Brian and his wife Kim have four children and currently reside in Eagle, Idaho.


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