In this June 27, 2007, SR file photo, then Post Falls Police Chief Cliff Hayes, left, Larry Alder, center, general manager of Lamar Outdoor Advertising in Idaho and Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, right, meet the media Wednesday at the site of a new digital billboard on Seltice Way at Huetter Road. at a press conference where Lamar representatives announced that they would immediately broadcast future Amber Alerts on all seven of their digital billboards in Idaho. (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)
The Post Falls Police Department issued the following release re: unexpected death of County Clerk Cliff Hayes today: “It is with deep sadness that the Post Falls Police Department family learned of the death of former Chief of Police, Clifford T. Hayes. Hayes served as Chief of Police from 1987 until 2009, which is the longest running tenure to date in the history of Post Falls for this position. Chief Hayes was instrumental in building a very well organized and successful organization that is viewed by many as the most technologically advanced Department within the State of Idaho and a Department that is also highly respected nationally. Hayes’ career with the City of Post Falls spanned 26 years. He began in 1983 providing dispatching services for fire, medical, and police services in Post Falls. He then became a Patrol Officer in 1984, Detective Sergeant in 1986, and Chief of Police in 1987. As a highly competent leader, the City had also utilized him as the Interim City Administrator, in addition to his duties as Chief of Police, on three separate occasions.” Complete press release here.