Middleton mayor releases more information on police chief’s resignation

MIDDLETON, Idaho — Middleton Police Chief Alan Takeuchi was under investigation for policy violations before his resignation, Middleton Mayor Steve Rule said Thursday.

In a statement, Rule said an officer filed a complaint against Takeuchi in April 2022 and a third-party investigator launched an impartial investigation. The investigation found evidence of multiple policy violations, but no evidence of criminal misconduct, Rule said.

The rule did not define the discovered policy violations.

The handling of the policy violations “underscored a failure of leadership within the police department” and Takeuchi was given an opportunity to remedy the violations, according to Rule. The city council and ruler determined “it was in the best interests of the city to consider removing the leader from office”, but Takeuchi resigned before the meeting.

Takeuchi had led the department since 2017. Middleton Police Department officer Greg Langley resigned from his position on June 29, 2022, according to Rule.

“The Mayor and City Council wish Alan Takeuchi and Greg Langley the best for the future,” Rule said in the statement. “The city wants the department to move forward in a positive direction and will not provide further details or comment further on these confidential personal matters.”

Idaho News 6 filed a request for public records in the town of Middleton along with questions about who will lead the department.