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Volunteer works way to Post Falls Police chief

Wed., July 22, 2009, 9:15 a.m.

A Post Falls police officer who worked his way up from volunteer reserves to a top commander was named Post Falls police chief Tuesday.

Capt. Scot Haug, 41, appointed the city’s new chief by the City Council, will assume duties Aug. 1 in the $95,700-a-year job.

Haug will take over from retiring police Chief Cliff Hayes, who served as interim chief in 1987 prior to his appointment in 1988.

Haug began his career in Post Falls in 1986 as a volunteer reserve officer in what was then a relatively small force. He subsequently worked as a reserve sergeant, animal safety officer, code enforcement officer, patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. The force currently has 65 employees in a city of 26,000.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and holds several certifications from the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training. He has been a primary arrest techniques instructor at North Idaho College and is trained in SWAT tactics and command.

Haug also has expertise in using technology and communications to increase law enforcement efficiency.

He is married with two boys, ages 12 and 19.

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