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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014, 8:16 A.M.

Edit: Chief White Looks Right

He's been a Press reader for two years, but that isn't the only reason we're keen on Coeur d'Alene hiring new Police Chief Lee White. Let us count some of the other ways.

  • White has done just about every cop job in Mesa, Ariz., over the past 21 years, from patrol officer to his current duties as assistant police chief. When Coeur d'Alene Police Department employees bring their problems and suggestions to him, there's a pretty good chance White will have some first-hand experience with many of the situations.
  • Speaking of hands-on, his proven willingness to do anything he'll ask of any of his employees should help ease any outsider-coming-in discomfort.
  • "Transparency" isn't just a buzzword with White. We spent a little time on the Mesa Police Department's website and easily found several proofs of a transparent department. One was published crime reports going all the way back to 1991. Another was a clear, easy-to-fill-out public records request. Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you have an initial impression of Coeur d'Alene's next police chief, Lee White?

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