Mayor Bettge has announced that he intends to propose the appointment of Moscow Police Department Captain Anthony Dahlinger as the next City of Moscow Chief of Police following Chief James D. Fry’s recent retirement announcement. Mayor Bettge will make the appointment at the upcoming April 1st City Council meeting with the appointment to be effective on May 1st following Chief Fry’s retirement on April 30th. Under Moscow City Code, the office of Chief of Police is filled by appointment of the Mayor, with consent of the City Council.

Captain Dahlinger has been with the Moscow Police Department for over 12 years and has nearly 17 years of experience in law enforcement. Captain Dahlinger is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Crime and Justice Studies, holds numerous certifications and has attended a number of FBI Leadership Institute sessions, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, one of the premier law enforcement training programs in the world. Prior to joining the Moscow Police Department in 2011, Captain Dahlinger served as a Detention and Patrol Deputy with Latah County. During his service with the City of Moscow, Captain Dahlinger has held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, and his current rank of Captain and Public Information Officer for the Department. In addition to his service to the City of Moscow, Captain Dahlinger has also served on the Board of the Latah Recovery Center.

“Anthony has demonstrated his skill and commitment to serving our community and I am confident that he is the right choice to lead the Moscow Police Department,” said Mayor Bettge. “Under Chief Fry’s leadership, we have developed exceptional personnel and leadership within the Department and Anthony is an example of that investment. I know Anthony is committed to our community policing philosophy and will ensure that the Department continues to serve the City of Moscow with the professionalism and expertise our community expects and deserves.”

“I am honored and humbled with the Mayor’s proposed appointment of me as Chief of Police for the City of Moscow,” said Captain Dahlinger. “It has been my honor to serve and protect the citizens of Moscow over the last 12 years, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to build upon the exceptional work of those who came before me to ensure that the Moscow Police Department continues to be a model professional and community-focused law enforcement agency.”


Story Contact: Bill Belknap, City Supervisor
Phone: (208) 883-7011