Marysville hires new police chief, who comes from Redmond

Erik Scairpon is taking over Sept. 21, about a year after former Chief Rick Smith retired.

Erik Scairpon

Erik Scairpon

MARYSVILLE — A new chief has been hired to lead the Marysville Police Department, the city announced Thursday.

Erik Scairpon will take on the role as the city builds a new police station and jail in its future civic center. He is to begin work Sept. 21, according to a news release.

Former police Chief Rick Smith retired from the post about a year ago after 12 years on the job. Interim Chief Jeff Goldman filled in as the city searched for a permanent replacement.

Scairpon has worked for the Redmond Police Department since 1998 and currently serves as a captain overseeing the operations division.

In his previous role as a lieutenant, his jobs have included commanding officer of detectives, commander of administration as 911 director and as a patrol operations commander. He also has served as a sergeant, officer and dispatcher.

“Erik demonstrates the professionalism and initiative we expect in our police leadership,” Mayor Jon Nehring said in a prepared statement. “His 20-plus years in Redmond show his commitment to community priorities and his understanding that police accountability and integrity is critical to a high-performing police department that maintains trust with the citizenry.”

Scairpon attended the Police Executive Research Forum at the Senior Management Institute for Police. He also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, according to the news release.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to serve the community of Marysville and the hardworking men and women of the Marysville Police Department as your next police chief,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to getting to know my new police family and continue to build trust with the community.”

Goldman, the interim chief, will go back to his previous role as assistant chief.

Construction of the civic center along Delta Avenue began earlier this year. The project is expected to cost about $47.6 million. Voters approved a 0.1% sales tax increase in 2018 to help pay for public safety services.

The old police station was built in 1986, when there were about 24 employees. That number has quadrupled over the years, the city has said.

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