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The City of Eagle is pleased to welcome Matt Clifford as the new Chief of the Eagle Police Department. At Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting, Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett introduced Clifford to the Eagle City Council and the public.
“It is my great honor as your Sheriff and the supervisor of your contract to announce to you that we’ve selected Matt Clifford as the next Chief of Police for the City of Eagle,” Sheriff Bartlett said to the city council and community members in attendance.
Clifford was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in Mullin, a small mining town in North Idaho. Clifford moved south in 1995 to attend college at Boise State University. He graduated with a degree in biology and then decided to make the Treasure Valley his permanent home.
In 2000 Clifford joined the Ada County Sheriff’s Office as a jail deputy. In 2003 he transferred to the patrol division where he served as a K9 handler and supervisor, and as a Patrol Training Officer. He also served on the Idaho Police Canine Association Board and the Ada County Sheriff’s Employee Association Board. Clifford was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and to Lieutenant in 2019.
Clifford and his wife Karen love to travel and love their dogs. They own two Great Dane-Mastiff mixed-breed dogs and foster dogs as well.
Sheriff Bartlett picked Clifford to be the new chief after current Chief Pat Calley announced his retirement plans. Bartlett said during the meeting that a retirement celebration is in the works for mid-August. “I look forward to working with you Chief,” Eagle Mayor Stan Ridgeway said to Clifford, “the next month or so during the transition we’ll have two chiefs I guess, so it will be a pleasure.”
“Thank you very much for having me here,” Clifford said after the introduction, “I look forward to getting to know all the people in town.”
When you see Chief Clifford around Eagle please give him a warm welcome.