City of Meridian has a new police chief

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Posted at 8:20 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:20:08-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The City of Meridian has a new police chief. Tracy Basterrechea was sworn in Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the city council.

“There is nobody else I would trust more with this important responsibility,” said Meridian Mayor Robert Simison. “Chief Basterrechea believes the Meridian Police Department is there to serve all members of the community with dignity and respect. He has dedicated his life to protecting and serving others, and I am excited to see his vision for the department come to life.”

Basterrechea has been with Meridian Police for 24 years, working his way up from patrol officer, before spending the last decade as deputy chief.

“I’d like to thank Mayor Simison and the City Council for entrusting me with leading the great men and women of the MPD,” said Chief Basterrechea. “I am humbled, honored and proud to serve this wonderful community in my new role. While we face many challenges during this time, I know we have great success ahead of us in public safety. My confidence in that statement stems from knowing I lead an outstanding department of men and women that are dedicated to serving an outstanding community.”

The new chief will share his vision for the department with the public during a virtual town hall on Thursday. Click here for more information.