The state's new top cop says the selective enforcement controversy that rocked the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement is history.
Internal changes still need to be made in the agency, but quick action by Gov. Cecil Andrus has put to rest charges of favoritism, new director Richard Cade said."The department still has good credibility with the public," Cade said. "That situation has been dealt with by the governor. He did what he had to do and now that's been put to rest."
The department came under fire last month after revelations that former director Mack Richardson and state Police Superintendent Rich Humphreys ordered state police troopers to overlook traffic infractions by legislators and other officials. After an brief investigation, Andrus sacked both men.
Cade said Andrus made the right decision to choose their successors from within the department.
State Police Capt. Ronald Moore of Lewiston was Andrus' choice to succeed Humphreys. Cade had been Richardson's chief lieutenant.
The 57-year-old Michigan native had been a Moscow law enforcement officer from 1957 to 1960 before becoming a liquor law investigator for the Department of Law Enforcement.
Cade said he planned to make cautious changes in the agency.
"Before any moves are made, I want to evaluate the department as a whole," Cade said. "I have some ideas, but I'm keeping them to myself until I have a better idea of the whole picture."
A priority, he said, is improved cooperation among state police, alcohol control, the racing commission and bureaus of forensics, investigation and narcotics.
"We need to operate as one department, rather than four or five or six."
The department is split into a half dozen locations around Boise, but a building under construction in Meridian will accommodate all the agencies.