Lewiston Police Chief Hurd Announces Retirement
Lewiston Police Department
LEWISTON - After nearly 32 years of dedicated service to our community, Lewiston Police Chief Budd Hurd has announced that he will be retiring this summer.
“After thoughtful consideration, I have decided that it is finally time for me to hang up the badge and begin the next chapter of my life—retirement,” Hurd said. “My wife and I have five wonderful adult children, and nine beautiful grandchildren that we can’t wait to spend more time with.”
Hurd has served in the department’s top role since September of 2018. Prior to that, he worked to keep the community safe through various different roles in the
department, working up the ranks from reserve officer in the late ’80s, all the way to the department’s top position of Chief.
In 1990, Hurd graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, and joined the Lewiston Police Department shortly after, starting out as a patrol officer and eventually working his way into a school resource officer position.
In 2005, he was promoted to Corporal; in 2008 he moved up to Sergeant; in 2012 he was promoted to the position of Lieutenant, and he remained in this role until 2018 when he was appointed as Interim Chief, eventually being selected for the official appointment of the Chief of Police later that year. City Manager Alan Nygaard explained that Hurd took on the role of Chief in a very challenging time for the department and that he did a wonderful job moving the department to an outstanding place.
“Almost four years later, I have to say that I am pleased with the leadership and direction Chief Hurd has provided to the department since taking on this role,” Nygaard said. “In an early conversation, Chief Hurd expressed to me that he wanted to leave the department in a better place than it was and I can confidently say he has done just that.”
This is a role that Hurd said he didn’t anticipate vying for earlier on in his career until the time came, and now he’s glad that he did.
“I am thankful for the opportunity I was given, and forever grateful to the City for entrusting me to lead the Lewiston Police Department in providing quality public safety services to the community,” Hurd said. “As I look back on my career, I feel blessed to have worked for this community; the valley has been a great place to live, raise my family, and now retire.”
Hurd expressed that a lot has changed in policing, especially as it relates to technology. “When I started, we had a little tiny radio in the car, alongside a siren box and a bench seat; and that was it,” Hurd said. “Now, the cars have gotten smaller, but the amount of equipment has grown; computers, cameras, etc.“ He further explained, “the first car cameras we got were basically these little compact Panasonic video cameras. We jerry-rigged mounts and just made them work. Fast forward to where we are now, it’s a whole system. We have smaller cameras that are completely integrated into our reporting system.”
Hurd won’t officially step down from his post until July, but once he does he shared that he and his wife Lori have plans to do some traveling.
Chief Hurd, we sincerely thank you for your commitment and countless hours serving our beautiful city. Your efforts will leave a lasting impact for years to come. We wish you the best in this next chapter of your life and we hope you enjoy your well-deserved retirement.