Missoula mayor selects interim police chief

Zoë Buchli

Mayor Jordan Hess selected Captain Mike Colyer as Missoula’s interim police chief on Friday.

Colyer will assume command as soon as current Missoula Police Chief Jaeson White retires, which is slated for the end of March. The city is also preparing a recruitment process for a permanent police chief.

Colyer, a Missoula native, has a long tenure in Missoula’s law enforcement. He’s been with the Missoula Police Department since 1996. He also served as interim chief from 2019 to 2020 before White’s hiring. Colyer was not a candidate in that chief search.

He served as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and most recently, a captain in the department. In 2008, he worked in the Office of Professional Standards where he oversaw citizen complaint investigations, internal investigations and recruiting and hiring new officers, according to a press release from Hess’ office.

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In 2011, he graduated from the FBI National Academy. Afterward, Colyer was promoted to captain and also assigned to the detective division.

“A significant accomplishment in that position was his role in guiding the Missoula Police Department’s work with the United States Department of Justice to

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