John Teague

John Teague


Of the Keizertimes

A man who once served as captain in the Keizer Police Department is the new police chief.

John Teague, who served for 20 years at the KPD in various capacities including captain, was confirmed as the new chief Monday by retiring chief Marc Adams.

In April 2009, Teague left to become police chief in Dallas. Now, he’s returning.

Adams disclosed the news around 10 a.m. Aug. 12 with a Facebook status.

“Congratulations to Chief John Teague of the Dallas, OR Police Department on his selection to replace me as Chief of Police for the Keizer Police Department,” Adams wrote. “John is a fellow Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M. KPD will be in good hands. Hello retirement here I come.”

Teague later confirmed to the Keizertimes he had indeed been named the Keizer chief.

Adams, the Keizer’s police chief since 1997, had announced at the start of 2013 he would be retiring at the end of the year. In the spring he abruptly moved up his retirement to the end of May. Since then, he has been serving on an interim basis, with plans to retire for good at the end of August.

Teague was one of 33 applicants for the job and one of five finalists. He joined the KPD in 1989 and had risen to rank of captain before leaving. Jeff Kuhns, who has been a KPD captain since 2004, was the only internal candidate.