Capt. Randy Severe, 52, who joined the force 16 years ago as a patrolman, will be sworn in as Chubbuck's new chief at tonight's City Council meeting.Severe
is also a handwriting and fingerprinting expert.
"My plans for the department are to carry on in the direction (Webb) had us headed," said Severe
, who credits Webb with getting officers pay comparable to other departments of similar size.
...Severe said it didn't take much training to earn a badge and a gun when he started his law enforcement career at Rupert in 1973.Back then, Severe worked at Roper's, a men's clothing store in Rupert.
A friend told him about openings for volunteer reservists on the city's police department.The offer sounded fun and exciting to Severe
and a buddy met with a small group of department reservists, answered a few questions and were voted as new members.He
left the meeting with a uniform and a badge.
"That same week, I was out in a car packing a sidearm, and I'd never fired a gun in my life," Severe
said the program was delayed while Chubbuck
trained new officers, and the department is conducting background checks on applicants.His
wife of 12 years, Kathy, is a real estate agent with Gate City Real Estate