Arlington police chief resigns abruptly

ARLINGTON — Police Chief Nelson Beazley resigned late Monday night after three and a half years on the job.

Beazley will receive five months of severance pay under the terms of his contract, public records indicate.

A city news release sent Tuesday did not detail the chief’s reasons for leaving.

Beazley, 58, came to Arlington after retiring from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in California. He’d earlier described seeing Arlington’s historic downtown and being sold on the small-town feel.

As chief, Beazley’s efforts included work on initiatives regarding heroin use and homelessness.

In his resignation letter to Mayor Barbara Tolbert, Beazley thanked the city for giving him the chance to serve as chief.

“I will always have fond memories of the many remarkable people I have had the opportunity to meet in this community,” he wrote.

Beazley also will be paid for unused vacation and sick time.

The Arlington Police Department has about two dozen officers serving a city of 18,000.

The police chief position pays about $120,900. Cmdr. Brian DeWitt is serving as acting chief.

In response to Beazley’s resignation letter, Tolbert wrote:

“We wish you well in your future endeavors.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Expect more snow, ice Friday morning

The slick conditions made for some snarled commutes Thursday, and could do the same later.

House Democrats: Use capital gains tax to keep property tax rate lower

But they are setting up a potential showdown with the Supreme Court over school funding.

Water to be shut off for some homes, districts next week

The pipe closing will affect mainly the Snohomish and Monroe areas.

Northshore School District bond for new elementary now passing

As of Tuesday, the $275 million proposal was comfortably above the 60 percent supermajority.

Everett pastor’s life was inspired by Rev. Billy Graham

The first crusade Brian Harpell ever attended was when the Christian evangelist came to his hometown.

Front Porch

HEADS UP Roesiger history book goes digital “On the Trail of Richard… Continue reading

“Compromised by deterioration,” Everett apartments condemned

The city says the conditions at Broadway Station Apartments were unsafe for tenants.

Clear, cold weather could give way midweek to chance of snow

A chance of lowland snow looms for Snohomish County by… Continue reading

Drug abuse victims, users share how opioids have affected them

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray attends a roundtable discussion at Cocoon House in Everett.

Most Read