Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan to retire at end of the year

He’s leaving after 40 years with the department. Assistant Chief Jim Lawless named interim chief.

Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan

Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan

EDMONDS — After more than 40 years with the Edmonds Police Department, Chief Al Compaan will retire at the end of the month, a news release announced Tuesday.

Compaan joined the department in 1978.

He took over as the top cop in 2007, after Chief David Stern died of a brain aneurysm.

Prior to that, Compaan served as a patrol officer, detective, corporal, sergeant and assistant chief.

“The stated values of the Edmonds Police Departments are service, integrity, respect and stewardship, and Al Compaan has perfectly personified those values during his many years of service to our community,” Mayor Dave Earling said in the news release.

Earling and Mayor-elect Mike Nelson have agreed to promote Assistant Chief Jim Lawless to interim chief.

A celebration of Compaan’s career will take place in early 2020, but no date has been set.

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