NAMPA — Nampa Chief of Police LeRoy Forsman announced his retirement Wednesday, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Forsman was appointed to the position in November of 2011.
Forsman said he was presented with an opportunity he could not turn down.
He developed and teaches a class at the police academy that addresses the importance of personal relationships in law enforcement and leadership roles.
Stephen Gower, an international speaker on organizational leadership, learned of Forsman’s experience at a speech he gave in Sun Valley, Idaho. Gower asked Forsman to partner with him to speak nationally starting in spring 2013.
Forsman said it was something he wanted to do in retirement, as well as write a book on the subject, but thought it would be years down the road.
“I’ve been an officer for 30 years,” Forsman said. “You see a lot, some things you wish you didn’t have to see, but the timing of this and being eligible to retire, it’s such a great opportunity. I couldn’t not take it.”
Gower, who is a certified speaking professional and best-selling author, said he vowed to never partner with another speaker.
“I’ve resisted doing this for 30 years, said I’d never do it (partner with another speaker), but I’ve never met a LeRoy Forsman,” Gower said.
Forsman will bring experience to complement Gower, who has never worked in the police field. Gower said he is impressed with Forsman’s thinking, approach to public speaking and the joy he brings to his work.
Nampa Mayor Tom Dale said the loss is another’s gain.
“He’s been a great chief over the past year and has had some great impacts and we’re going to greatly miss him,” Dale said. “I’m proud he was a part of our police department for 22 years and has this great opportunity.”
Forsman hopes to maintain relationships he’s built at the NPD and in the community. He said without the support of his wife, Becki, and children, the opportunity would not have been reality.
“I can certainly tell you 30 years ago I didn’t have any idea that I would be in this position now,” Forsman said. “The relationships I’ve built, specifically here, are remarkable to me. To be able to move from basic patrol officer to the rank of chief has been an incredible journey for both myself and my wife.”
Given the time frame and advance notice, Dale said the NPD and city will attempt to hire Forsman’s replacement in time to provide a smooth transition into the position. He said in instances like this, it is desirable to hire from within.