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The Pocatello Police Department (PPD) will have a new Chief June 18.
At Thursday’s Pocatello City Council Meeting, Councilmembers voted to confirm Mayor Brian Blad’s appointment of current PPD Major and Deputy Chief Roger Schei to the job.
“I am proud to be able to serve our community and lead the best men and women that law enforcement has to offer,” said Chief Schei. “The mission of the Pocatello Police Department is ‘community commitment’ and we’ll accomplish that mission by being approachable, by having a strong presence in the community, and maintaining a stance that crimes committed in our community are not acceptable.”
“Over the course of his career, Roger has shown a willingness to lead,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “There is no question that Roger is dedicated to the community and the members of the Pocatello Police Department.”
Schei started his law enforcement career with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in 1990 as a Deputy Explorer. In 1993, he made the move to the Gem State, and in 1994 he became a Reserve Deputy for the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office. 1995 saw him join the Pocatello Police Department, where he’s stayed ever since. In his time with PPD, he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief having previously served as a Captain for the Investigations Division and the Patrol Division. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and Command College. Schei has been an instructor for Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as well as Utah POST. He is also the current Board President for the 6th Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. In 2016, he was honored by the Pocatello Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the Ron Timpson Award for human rights advocacy, volunteerism, and commitment to the improvement of the Pocatello community.
“As our community grows we will be faced with challenges but strong relationships will help overcome those challenges,” Schei said. “Our goal is that members of the community will look at the employees of the Pocatello Police Department not just a member of the ‘Police Department’ but as a member of ‘their Police Department.’ ”
Schei and his wife, Lesli, have three children, Lyssa, Emma, and Maddie. Outside of police work, Schei enjoys working out, snowboarding, and martial arts.
Major Schei will be taking the reins from Chief Scott Marchand who will be retiring June 17.
For more information on the Pocatello Police Department, visit pocatello.us/police.