New Missoula Police Chief says transition slow but seamless
The Missoula Police Department is still in transition. It's been less than a month since Police Chief Mike Brady took over.
He hasn't even moved into his new ‘chief’ office yet. But that hasn't stopped him from setting goals and making a few changes.
“We're taking our time, we didn't have any major issues that we really had to address,” Brady said.
On the short list: hiring a full time public information officer to assist the media and public, community service officers to patrol parks and trails, and continued compliance with an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and how to handle sexual assault cases.
“We're constantly evaluating how we provide that service and we'll make changes that we need as we go along,” Brady said.
Brady’s been managing the day-to-day operations since August when then-Chief Mark Muir turned to focus on the DOJ agreement. In November, Mayor John Engen appointed Brady as chief; he took over on December 20.
Engen says his decision was easy.
“Mike has shown himself to be a problem solver,” Engen said. “Somebody who's enthusiastic about the work, someone who is very practical.”
It's the same confidence chief Brady has in his Assistant Chief Scott Hoffman.
“If I'm on the wrong track, he'll tell me I'm on the wrong track. We work together,” Brady said.
Hoffman's happy to take on the new responsibility but will admit his daily duties have changed.
“I have to now focus on the day-to-day operations and help with the patrol division and the detective division to accomplish their goals,” Hoffman said.
Brady and Hoffman are confident they’ll reach their goals. They have 102 sworn officers to help.