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POST chief fired, no reason given

The head of Idaho's POST Academy was fired on Nov. 5, the AP reports today, and the state didn't publicly acknowledge the dismissal until the Associated Press inquired about it this morning. Jeff Black, executive director of the academy and a former longtime state trooper, had been on leave since Sept. 29 and is contesting his firing; below is the full AP story.

Idaho's top police trainer fired, no reason given

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The head of Idaho's law enforcement training academy was fired last month after being placed on administrative leave due to an undisclosed personnel action.

Jeff Black, executive director of the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy in Meridian, was fired on Nov. 5.

The state didn't confirm his dismissal publicly until The Associated Press inquired on Wednesday morning.

Black had led the academy located just west of Boise since August 2006.

Black had previously been an officer with the Idaho State Police for more than two decades.

Steven Raschke, interim director of the academy, declined to give the reason for Black's firing, saying personnel matters were confidential.

Black, who collected his annual salary of $89,440 after being placed on leave on Sept. 29, didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

But he's appealing his dismissal to the Idaho Personnel Commission.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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