LAKE STEVENS — A new police chief is set to start Sept. 19.
John Dyer, 58, is moving from Colorado, but he previously lived on Whidbey Island, where he had worked as a police officer and served with the military. He and wife Peggy also have five daughters, all of whom are now grown and living “between Seattle and Bellingham,” he said.
The city announced the hire Wednesday, after the City Council unanimously approved the employment contract. The job pays $136,752.
The city received applications from 32 candidates.
In a news release, Mayor John Spencer said he believes Dyer’s experience will help “move the department in a positive direction.”
Dyer will oversee about 30 officers at one of the larger city police departments in Snohomish County. He also is expected to promote two people to the position of lieutenant, likely in early 2017. The police department has been without a permanent leadership team for several months now after a period of political turbulence.
Dyer was attracted to Lake Stevens in part because of the challenges it faces with population growth, he said. As an outdoors enthusiast, he also liked the proximity to the Cascade Range.
He hopes to spend his first few months on the job building relationships and trust, and “to get to know the department and get to know the community,” he said.
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