Middleton Mayor: 'We Will Not End Up With Chaos In This Town'

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After choosing not to sign a new contact with the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, the city of Middleton is moving forward with plans to create its own police force.

Earlier this month, Middleton officials decided not to meet the terms proposed by the sheriff's office for protection of the Canyon County community. Sheriff Kieran Donahue said Middleton would receive about the same coverage as anywhere else in the county, but Middleton residents were concerned about what some called "being unprotected" at other times.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Middleton City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with hiring a new police chief. In the meantime, they also agreed to craft a new contract with the Nampa Police Department for additional police protection and work with Canyon County for backup services in times of emergencies.

"We will not end up with chaos in this town as a result of us not signing a contract with Canyon County," said Middleton Mayor Darin Taylor.

Meanwhile, a different kind of chaos will need to be addressed soon, as Taylor also announced that he expected to appoint a replacement for former City Councilman Bradley Spencer, who has resigned after being charged with sexual battery of a minor.