Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 40 days retired, Everett ex-police chief hired to mayor’s office

Everett’s longtime police chief, Dan Templeman, retired Oct. 31. He’s set to start a new role as senior executive director Monday.

EVERETT — Well, that didn’t take long.

One month after he retired at the end of October, former Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman will take up a new position as the city’s senior executive director.

Mayor Cassie Franklin announced Templeman’s new position in the mayor’s office to city employees Wednesday, citing his experience “not only in law enforcement, but also in government administration, labor relations, intergovernmental relations, community engagement and advocacy.”

“His 30+ years of experience at the city and strong relationships throughout our community make him very prepared to step into this leadership position,” Franklin wrote.

Monday will mark his first day back working for the city — an absence of 40 days.

The city only recently talked with Templeman about this position, city spokesperson Simone Tarver said in an email. He was offered the job this week and accepted it “soon after.”

“This is a position appointed by the mayor,” Tarver wrote. “Mayor Franklin considered our priorities as a city, like addressing crime, gun violence, and the drug crisis, as well as skills that were needed to round out her team.”

The mayor was set to make an official announcement about Templeman’s new position at the City Council meeting Wednesday, Tarver said.

The former police chief will be “working alongside” the current senior executive director, Lori Cummings, Franklin said in the email.

Templeman will be “charged with directing (the city’s) departments and ensuring our work is moving us towards our citywide goals and priorities,” Franklin wrote.

John DeRousse, an Everett police officer of 25 years, was promoted from deputy chief of operations to chief in November. DeRousse then selected Capt. Jeff Hendrickson to backfill his former role.

Templeman couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

The city did not have the exact salary Templeman would make in his new role as of Wednesday, under the city’s salary schedule.

It was also unclear if he would be paid his police pension, on top of his new salary. Tarver noted retirement plans are administered by the state Department of Retirement Systems, not the city.

Templeman served two decades in the department before being promoted to chief in 2014.

“It’s time for me to spend more quality time with my family and friends,” he said in his retirement announcement, “and less time on my cell phone and computer.”

Ashley Nash: 425-339-3037; ashley.nash@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @ash_nash00.

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