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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Major Jim Peterson Hangs up Badge after 33 Years of Service


One of Pocatello’s longest serving officers is reporting to a new line of duty, retirement.

Pocatello Police Department Major and Deputy Chief Jim Peterson will step aside from the force June 27. After completing the Idaho State University Law Enforcement Program in 1984, Peterson went to work as a Reserve Officer in Chubbuck. In 1985, he was hired by the Pocatello Police Department as a Patrol Officer. Over the course of his career, he served as a Detective, Patrol Division Sergeant, and was one of the first School Resource Officers. In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned to be the Deputy Chief.

“I’ve been fortunate to have been able to serve in many different capacities in my career,” said Maj. Peterson. “From investigations to spending time with students in our local schools, they each had their own rewards.”

“Major Peterson and I started our careers about six months apart,” said Chief Scott Marchand. “It has been quite a partnership over these years. It’s tough to lose an officer of his caliber and he is going to be missed in the department and as an officer in the community.”

A potluck lunch will be held Wednesday, June 27 at 11:30 a.m. in the Pocatello City Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

In retirement, Peterson and his wife, Ellie, plan to spend more time with their children and grandchildren.

“I could not have asked for better people to work with,” Maj. Peterson said. “I will cherish the many little memories.”

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