Chief Ron Winegar
Chief Ron Winegar was appointed Interim Chief of the Boise Police Department in October 2022. Chief Winegar has a long history with BPD and the Boise Community. “I’ve enjoyed the many years I’ve been able to serve the people of Boise and I am proud to return to the Boise Police Department as Chief in the interim,” said Chief Ron Winegar. “The Boise Police Department and its officers will continue to work diligently to provide a safe and welcoming city for everyone.”
Chief Ron Winegar began his law enforcement career with the Boise Police Department in 1993. Some assignments he held early on included Patrol officer, FTO, and Night STEP. He later promoted to Sergeant (1999) serving in Patrol, SROs, CNT, and SVU; Lieutenant (2006) serving as Watch Commander, Vice/Narcotics, and SOG; Captain (2014) serving in Community Outreach and Patrol, and then as Deputy Chief (2019). Upon the retirement of Chief Bones in 2019, Winegar served a couple of short terms as Acting Chief of the Boise Police Department. He served as Deputy Chief again before his retirement in June of 2021.
Winegar received a BPD Purple Heart, Medal of Valor, and the State of Idaho Medal of Honor for his courageous efforts on the night of September 20, 1997, when Boise PD’s Officer Mark Stall was killed. Winegar responded to assist Officers Bryan Hagler and Stephen VanDoren on a traffic stop in downtown Boise and was shot in the lower abdomen/right hip. He has served as a drummer for the City of Boise Police Pipes & Drums since it was formed, volunteering countless hours performing at local events. Winegar was also involved with the BPD Honor Guard for many years and was a founding member in 1999 of the first-ever BPD Rock and Roll band named “Jonny Law.” The band, an outreach tool designed to build relationships with the youth in our community, performed 100+ concerts and school assemblies for over 80,000 kids in the Treasure Valley, as well as many community events over the next 10-15 years. He also helped co-found BPD’s Peer Support Team in 2007 and has assisted many other agencies with implementing their own Peer Support programs.