Mill Creek chooses new chief

By JANICE PODSADA

Herald Writer

MILL CREEK — Mill Creek police Sgt. Bob Crannell is scrambling to finish the last of his paperwork before he empties his desk, and moves on and up.

It’s a short trip to his new office, however, which is just down the hall.

Crannell, 39, will become the city’s new police chief Monday.

City officials picked the 14-year-veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department from a line-up of four finalists.

This summer, the city received more than 100 applications for the position from law enforcement personnel throughout the country.

Crannell has been with the force since its inception in 1986. He began his Mill Creek career as one of five officers providing the city with seven-day, 24-hour police coverage.

"We called it the one range, one ranger approach," Crannell said.

That scenario is no more.

"When we started, we had 3,200 people and no schools. Growth has been the biggest change," he said.

The city’s population now hovers around 11,000.

And the police department now has about 20 employees, 14 of them commissioned officers.

Crannell said the biggest challenge he faces is dealing with a shortage of three officers.

"We’ll be stretched tight," he said. "The northeast annexation looks like it’s a go, the town center. It looks like we’re going to face that with a depleted pool, but we’re going to meet the needs of the customers."

City Manager Bob Stowe said Crannell’s natural leadership abilities, his commitment to the community and to customer service landed him the job.

And his familiarity with the community is an added benefit.

"He can hit the ground running." Stowe said. "He’s well known in the community. If people don’t know him now, they will get to know him."

Crannell has been a field training supervisor for 10 years. He has been the most senior patrol supervisor on the force. He grew up in south Snohomish County, is married and has two children.

The former police chief, John Klei, was fired in May after allegedly failing to address morale and trust issues in the department, Stowe said.

Crannell replaces acting Chief Noreen Skagen, who will retire at the end of the month.

The police chief, a position that pays $58,000 to $79,000 a year, oversees a $3.2 million budget.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

A big decision for Boeing’s next CEO: Is it time for a new plane?

As Boeing faces increased competition from Airbus, the company is expected to appoint a new CEO by the end of the year.

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road in Mukilteo. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mukilteo Speedway name change is off to a bumpy start

The city’s initial crack at renaming the main drag got over 1,500 responses. Most want to keep the name.

Two workers walk past a train following a press event at the Lynnwood City Center Link Station on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Trains up and running on Lynnwood Link — but no passengers quite yet

Officials held an event at the Lynnwood station announcing the start of “pre-revenue” service. Passengers still have to wait till August.

Nedra Vranish, left, and Karen Thordarson, right browse colorful glass flowers at Fuse4U during Sorticulture on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A promenade through Everett’s popular Sorticulture garden festival

Check out a gallery of the festival’s first day.

Left to right, Everett Pride board members Ashley Turner, Bryce Laake, and Kevin Daniels pose for a photo at South Fork Bakery in Everett, Washington on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Second Everett Pride aims for even bigger rainbow of festivities

Organizers estimated about 3,000 people attended the first block party in Everett. This year, they’re aiming for 10,000.

Denise McKenzie, who has been a bartenders at Kuhnle’s Tavern for many years, works behind the bar on Monday, June 17, 2024 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
After 106 years, Kuhnle’s Tavern in Marysville is closing

Come say farewell Sunday from noon to midnight at the historic bar with five beers on tap and a 50-cent pay phone.

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road on Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Long live the Speedway! Mukilteo’s main drag won’t be renamed

The public shot down the mayor’s idea to change the name: 77% voted ‘No’ in an online survey, with 95% opposed on Facebook.

The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Highway 529 squeeze starts now between Everett, Marysville

Following a full closure for a night, starting late Sunday, Highway 529 will slim down to two lanes for months near the Snohomish River Bridge.

Everett
Motorcyclist dies in crash on East Marine View Drive in Everett

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a motorcycle and a vehicle crashed into each other at the intersection of 11th street and East Marine View Drive.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Darrington in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 530

Jeremy Doyle, 46, was riding east near Darrington when he crashed into the side of a car that was turning left.

The Marysville School District office on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
‘Financially insolvent’ Marysville schools to get unprecedented oversight

Superintendent Chris Reykdal will convene a first-of-its-kind Financial Oversight Committee, he wrote in a letter Tuesday.

Woodside Elementary Principal Betty Cobbs on Monday, June 17, 2024 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett’s first Black principal retires after 51 years

In her office, Betty Cobbs kept a black-and-white photo of herself at age 5: “I am right there, with dreams of becoming an educator.”

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.