MOUNTLAKE TERRACE – Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Scott Smith announced today that he will resign from the city to become the police chief for the Tulalip Tribal Police Department.
Smith has served all of his nearly 28-year police career in Mountlake Terrace. He started in 1980 as a patrol officer and became the chief in March 2000.
“It has been my honor to have served this community for nearly 28 years,” Smith said. “The police department and all the city employees are like a second family to me. There has not been a single day that I have not enjoyed coming to work but, as in many things, change is healthy.”
Smith’s handed in his resignation letter on Monday, effective Dec. 31. An interim police chief is expected to be named in January and search for a new chief will begin.
The Tulalip Tribal Board has been searching for a police chief since former chief Jay Goss retired from the department in August. Goss had been with the department for six years. The department has grown to include 25 officers and about 15 other employees.
“I am very excited about the new challenges and opportunities that await me at the Tulalip Police Department. I know that it is a first-rate agency and together I am confident that we are going to accomplish great things for the Tulalip community and police department,” Smith said.