Former Yakima Police Chief H.J. "Jack" LaRue died Monday at the age of 80 - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Former Yakima Police Chief H.J. "Jack" LaRue died Monday at the age of 80

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Former Yakima Police Chief H.J. "Jack" LaRue died Monday at the age of 80.

LaRue served as police chief from 1972 to 1983. He joined the department as a patrolman, after serving in the Navy during World War II.

LaRue is credited with encouraging the department to hire more women and minorities, in order to better represent Yakima's community. About a year after becoming chief, he lobbied for the city to obtain federal funding to hire almost twenty new officers.

LaRue retired from the department in 1983. He had some good fortune a few years later when he won over $3 million dollars in the state lottery.

Funeral services for H.J. "Jack" LaRue have not yet been scheduled.

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