Friday, July 12, 2013

Longtime city police chief resigns

Cam Daggett ends 39-year career with Sun Valley police force

Express Staff Writer

Cameron Daggett

    Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe announced Wednesday that longtime Sun Valley Police Chief Cameron Daggett “officially retired” from city service on Tuesday.
    Daggett could not be reached for comment regarding the resignation by press deadline Thursday.
    Daggett, 62, underwent open heart surgery on Jan. 15 and had been on what Briscoe described as “paid medical leave” since that time. Daggett said shortly after the surgery that he needed to focus on getting healthy.
    Former Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling has served as interim police chief since Daggett went on medical leave. Briscoe said Femling has been appointed to head a committee to search for a new full-time police chief. Current Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey is also serving on the committee.
    “We’ll try to find someone who knows the community and fits into the position,” Ramsey said Thursday. “This is a very important decision for the community.”
    In describing Daggett, Ramsey said he was “very professional.”
    “I’ve known Cam for a number of years,” Ramsey said. “Cam is very good to work with. He was good with the community.
    “Cam has run a very professional police force and has been great to work with,” Ramsey said. “He’s been a team player with all the police departments in the valley.”
    Briscoe and Sun Valley Assistant Police Chief Mike Crawford also had kind words to say about Daggett.
    “He’s done a great service to the city and he’s built a very respectable police department,” Briscoe said. “I wish him well.”
    “It was a pleasure to work with him,” Crawford said. “I learned a lot. He was a very productive and important part of this community for a long time.
    “He was a proactive and innovative leader and he was always learning and taking advantage of new technology,” Crawford said.
    Daggett had been with the Sun Valley Police Department since 1974. He served as police chief for more than 26 years. He has also been active with Blaine County Search and Rescue, using his Airedale terrier Cody as a search dog.

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