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August 20, 2013
DALLAS -- After serving about four-and-one-half years as Dallas' police chief, John Teague is returning to where his law enforcement career began.
Last week, Teague accepted a job as Keizer's police chief. He will start his new job in mid-September.
Teague took over as Dallas' chief in April 2009 after spending 20 years in Keizer's department.
Teague said he was asked to apply for the job about a month after it opened and decided it was an opportunity he shouldn't let pass.
"I really feel a great fit with this community," Teague said of Dallas, "but Keizer is a good career move for me."
He said Keizer has more resources available and, therefore, more opportunity to incorporate evidence-based practices into police work as one of his reasons for taking the position.
Even in a time of limited budgets, Teague has led the Dallas Police Department through a number of improvements. He said Dallas now has a detective's unit rather than just one officer/detective and helped establish a county threat assessment team. He noted that the department now has a stronger relationship with the Dallas School District despite having lost the school resource officer position.
Teague said he trusts the department's officers and management team will be able to continue that trend after his departure.
City Manager Ron Foggin said Teague will be missed, especially for his focus on "community policing" through building relationships with residents.
"In my limited time working with John, he has really been an asset to the organization and the community," Foggin said.
Teague said he will wrap up department policy work in the weeks before moving to his new job.
While he may be switching departments, Teague -- who owns a house south of Monmouth -- said he considers Polk County home.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here," Teague said. "It has exceeded my expectations."
He plans to remain active in the community, hoping to campaign for Polk County's public safety levy that will come before voters in November.
Foggin said the city is reviewing the chief of police job description in preparation for advertising the position. The city will name an interim chief to lead the department until a new chief can be found, Foggin said.