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Police Chief Craig Kingsbury

Newly appointed Police Chief Craig Kingsbury at the Twin Falls County Police Station after his appointment to Chief of Police on Monday night.

TWIN FALLS • Twin Falls’ new police chief will be sworn in at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.

Craig Kingsbury, who was the Nampa police chief before being hired by Twin Falls, is scheduled to start in his new job on Jan. 1. The position became vacant when former chief Brian Pike was made deputy city manager of public safety. Capt. Bryan Krear, who is retiring at the end of the year, has been interim chief since then.

As well as Kingsbury, five new police officers are being sworn in Monday, and two communications specialists are going to be presented with POST certifications.

The Council is also scheduled to consider whether to submit an application for the Idaho Transportation Department to consider funding a major upgrade of Washington Street and Sixth and Minidoka avenues. The Council voted to support the project in theory in early November. If the road is upgraded, U.S. 30 could be rerouted off of the Second avenues, moving truck traffic further from downtown, helping with downtown’s redevelopment.

The work wouldn’t happen tomorrow — the project would likely take five to eight years total to finish, according to City Engineer Jackie Fields’ report attached to the Council agenda. The current cost estimate is $12.1 million, of which the city would put up $890,000 or 7.3 percent of the total.

And, the Council is scheduled to consider whether to add vaping to the current parks policy that bans smoking within 50 feet of bleachers, playground equipment, picnic tables and shelters.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 305 Third Ave. East. The agenda and related materials are available online via the city’s website,

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