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Chief Clay Coker. Photo by Kootenai Valley Record.
Chief Clay Coker
Photo courtesy Kootenai Valley Record.

Kootenai Valley Record. Photo by Kootenai Valley Record.
Kootenai Valley Record
LPD Chief Coker resigns
by Kootenai Valley Record
July 16, 2009

Libby Police Chief Clay Coker has submitted his resignation effective Aug. 1, citing plans to attend law school.

Coker, who holds a bachelorís degree in criminal justice, said heís on the waiting list for the fall semester at the University of Montanaís law school but most likely wonít start school until the fall of 2010.

"Iím starting my 23rd year in law enforcement, and Iíd like to pursue my law degree because I see that as a weak spot in our system," he said.

Coker worked as a deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriffís Office before accepting the chiefís position in 1996. He was instrumental in re-forming the city police department, which had been disbanded in 1982 in favor of a contract with the sheriffís office. Coker said he hopes the city council heeds his advice and retains its own police force following his departure rather than returning to a contract with the sheriffís office.

"Iíve showed them itís going to cost more, and the service is going to drop," he said.

Coker said he plans to return to Libby to work after he receives his law degree.

"I canít be a cop forever," he said. "At some point Iíve got to get out of it. If Iím an attorney, I can work until I kick over behind the table in the courtroom."
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Editorís Note: See the July 14, 2009 edition of the Kootenai Valley Record for the printed version of this story. The Kootenai Valley Record publishes once a week, on Tuesdays, in Libby, Montana. They are a locally owned community newspaper, located at 403 Mineral Avenue in Libby. For in-county and out-of-county subscription information, call 406-293-2424, or e-mail kvrecord@gmail.com.


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