City of Baker picks LaCroix as new chief, to be sworn in Monday


The City of Baker has selected its new police chief and will swear in Justin LaCroix Monday at 7 p.m. when the City Council has its next meeting.

The city council meeting was rescheduled because Mayor Steve Zachmann has a three-day Municipal Institute meeting at Montana State University later in the week.

The council agreed to hire the replacement for the former chief from within, selecting LaCroix who has been with the department for about a dozen years.

“We did appoint Justin LaCroix as the chief of police (at the April 20 meeting), so we will have a patrolman position open,” the mayor explained. “We don’t expect any changes (in the department).”

“We will swear him in Monday night. He wasn’t official until the 24th – the former chief’s term ended on the 24th,” Zachmann said.

The former police chief, Mike Reddick, retired after approximately 10 years in Baker and 34 years in Montana law enforcement.

Phone system still down

The phone system which allowed people to attend or comment at the City Council meetings stopped operating more than a month ago, the mayor said.

The city is still trying to fix the system, the mayor added.

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