Winegar Prepares for Retirement Date, City Begins Search for Boise's Next Police Chief

February 6, 2024

After 29 years with the Boise Police Department, serving twice as interim Chief of Police and most recently as Boise’s Police Chief, Ron Winegar has announced his plan to retire on September 20, 2024, the 27th anniversary of the night he and fellow officer Mark Stall were shot in the line of duty. Stall died of his injuries that night, while Winegar went on to serve the department for a total of nearly three decades.

Since stepping back into the role of Chief in September 2022, Winegar has focused on revitalizing the department through leadership development, filling vacancies, supporting officers’ health and wellness, and preparing the department to meet the challenges of a growing community.

“During my time as Chief, we have made great strides as an organization. We have a solid foundation in place and are positioned to move forward with good leaders and community partners, and I feel comfortable with my decision to retire (again) and return to spending more time with my family and loved ones,” said Chief Winegar.

“I have been proud and humbled to serve the people of Boise as a member of the Boise Police Department for the past 29 years,” Chief Winegar added. “I love the people of this department and this community, and I know our sworn officers and professional staff will continue to work diligently to provide a safe and welcoming city for everyone.”

“It has been an honor to work with Ron as our Police Chief,” said Mayor Lauren McLean. “He has an incredible commitment to service and will be missed by the department, the city, and our community. I will always be grateful that he was willing to serve when I called and look forward to his continued leadership as we begin the search for a new Chief.”

The city will begin a search for the next Chief and will release additional details on the expected timeline once a process is finalized.

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