According to four separate sources, former Caldwell police officer Jared Hoeksema is the leading candidate for the Caldwell police chief position.
The position of police chief is open after former Chief Frank Wyant retired several weeks ago. Wyant’s retirement comes as the F.B.I is investigating several Caldwell police officers.
Hoeksema was an officer in the Caldwell police department several years ago before moving to the Nampa Police Department, where he is currently a school resource officer.
According to sources Idaho Dispatch spoke with, two of the other candidates are from out of state.
In the end, Mayor Jarom Wagoner has the ultimate decision on who is chosen. Sources say that Wagoner knows Hoeksema from his previous time as a Caldwell officer and that the two attended the same church together.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to the mayor’s office for comment, but we have not received one at this time.