Lake Stevens settles police sergeant’s harassment lawsuit for $325K

LAKE STEVENS — The city of Lake Stevens is paying a former police sergeant $325,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation.

The final payment is due in January, public records show.

In the settlement, Julie Jamison, 46, agreed to resign and waived her right to future legal claims against the city and former police chief Randy Celori.

Both the city and Jamison have denied any wrongdoing.

Jamison wanted “to move on with her career goals and the defendants merely wish to buy their peace,” according to the settlement agreement.

Jamison worked as a police officer for 23 years

It was a privilege to serve, and she always tried to bring empathy to the work, she said in an interview. She is deciding what’s next for her.

“My focus has always been to bring justice to those who have been harmed regardless of who is involved or their standing in the community,” she said.

Jamison said she’d never been the subject of an internal investigation or been disciplined. She has donated some of the settlement money to nonprofits in Snohomish County that serve children, including the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, which provides resources for child victims of abuse, she said.

Jamison also agreed to withdraw a public-records request filed by her attorney, who was paid $100,000 of the settlement.

The lawsuit was filed in November 2013 in Snohomish County Superior Court. Jamison alleged that Celori, who left the police department in 2012, had mishandled her sexual harassment claims involving a subordinate officer.

Jamison was told to work from home during the initial phases of an internal investigation instead of the man she accused. She also was given extra work, a negative performance review and reassigned to a less desirable job. When a new police chief was promoted, and Jamison told him she’d been retaliated against, she was moved to the night shift.

Jamison worked for the city for about eight years. She previously had worked in San Juan County and in Mountlake Terrace, where she was the lead detective in the 2000 murder of mail-order bride Anastasia King.

In Lake Stevens, she became the detective sergeant and led the investigations unit until that position was cut from the 2013 budget.

In July of this year, Mayor Vern Little signed a reference letter for Jamison.

“Sergeant Jamison has communicated that her passion for law enforcement lies in conducting police investigations, and she chose to resign to pursue other opportunities,” the mayor wrote. “We wish the best for Sergeant Jamison in her future endeavors.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449;

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Ariel Garcia, 4, was last seen Wednesday morning in an apartment in the 4800 block of Vesper Dr. (Photo provided by Everett Police)
How to donate to the family of Ariel Garcia

Everett police believe the boy’s mother, Janet Garcia, stabbed him repeatedly and left his body in Pierce County.

A ribbon is cut during the Orange Line kick off event at the Lynnwood Transit Center on Saturday, March 30, 2024 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
‘A huge year for transit’: Swift Orange Line begins in Lynnwood

Elected officials, community members celebrate Snohomish County’s newest bus rapid transit line.

Bethany Teed, a certified peer counselor with Sunrise Services and experienced hairstylist, cuts the hair of Eli LeFevre during a resource fair at the Carnegie Resource Center on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Carnegie center is a one-stop shop for housing, work, health — and hope

The resource center in downtown Everett connects people to more than 50 social service programs.

Everett mall renderings from Brixton Capital. (Photo provided by the City of Everett)
Topgolf at the Everett Mall? Mayor’s hint still unconfirmed

After Cassie Franklin’s annual address, rumors circled about what “top” entertainment tenant could be landing at Everett Mall.

Lynnwood woman, 83, killed in wrong-way crash following police pursuit

Deputies said they were chasing a man, 37, south on Highway 525 when he swerved into northbound lanes, killing an oncoming driver.

A memorial with small gifts surrounded a utility pole with a photograph of Ariel Garcia at the corner of Alpine Drive and Vesper Drive ion Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Death of Everett boy, 4, spurs questions over lack of Amber Alert

Local police and court authorities were reluctant to address some key questions, when asked by a Daily Herald reporter this week.

People walk along the waterfront in front of South Fork Bakery at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 11, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Port of Everett inks deal with longtime Bothell restaurant

The port will break ground on two new buildings this summer. Slated for completion next year, Alexa’s Cafe will open in one of them.

The new Amazon fulfillment center under construction along 172nd Street NE in Arlington, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210708
Frito-Lay leases massive building at Marysville business park

The company will move next door to Tesla and occupy a 300,0000-square-foot building at the Marysville business park.

The Temple of Justice is shown Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
WA high court: DUI breath tests valid, machine results not at fault

A state Supreme Court ruling reversed an earlier Kitsap County decision that found alcohol breath tests inadmissible as evidence.

People fill up various water jug and containers at the artesian well on 164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington will move to tougher limits on ‘forever chemicals’ in water

The federal EPA finalized the rules Wednesday. The state established a program targeting the hazardous chemicals in drinking water in 2021.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
US 2 to partially close late Friday near Lake Stevens

The state Department of Transportation will detour drivers during the 10-hour closure between Highway 9 and Highway 204.

Pat Clayton works on putting in electrical wiring at the new Helion headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett’s Helion eyes Central WA for groundbreaking energy venture

Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority commissioners approved a letter of intent with Helion on Tuesday.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.