Sgt. Don Anderson named Edmonds’ newest Assistant Chief of Police

Newly appointed Assistant Police Chief Don Anderson.
Newly appointed Assistant Police Chief Don Anderson.

The Edmonds Police Department announced Wednesday that Sgt. Don Anderson will be the department’s second Assistant Chief of Police. (Funding for the position, part of the city’s 2014 budget, was approved by the Edmonds City Council to fill a position left vacant in mid-2012 due to lean budgetary times.)

Anderson has been with the Edmonds Police Department for 25 years. He has served as the professional standards sergeant since 2006, during which time he oversaw a complete revision of the department policy manual. He also worked as the department’s accreditation manager, and was largely responsible for the department receiving its’ Washington state accreditation in 2009 and 2013, the department announcement said.

Anderson grew up in Edmonds, graduating from Woodway High School in 1984. He received a bachelor of arts degree, double majoring in law and justice and political science, from Central Washington University in 1988. Anderson returned to Edmonds after graduating “to give back to the community I grew up in,” he said.

After being hired by the Edmonds Police Department in March 1989, Anderson worked in patrol until being transferred in September 1992 to the K-9 unit, where he served as a canine handler with distinction from 1992 through 1995. He then worked as a detective with the South Snohomish County SWAT team from 1995-2001, until his promotion to sergeant in August 1999. He served as a patrol sergeant from 1999 to 2006, at which time he became the professional standards sergeant.

Anderson will be one of two assistant chiefs of police, and in his role will oversee the department’s support services division, managing the detective unit, administrative sergeant, professional standards sergeant, the records unit and property and evidence. The department’s other assistant chief, Jim Lawless, supervises field services — patrol, animal control, traffic and K9.

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