Edmonds police chief is now ready to retire
Al Compaan stepped in when needed, and served Edmonds for 41 years
Last updated 12/19/2019 at 8:31am
Funny how life turns out sometimes. Al Compaan can tell you stories.
Edmonds' police chief was about a year from retiring from the police force at age 53 when his career abruptly took a U-turn. Compaan was Edmonds' assistant police chief in April 2007 when David Stern – named chief in 2001 – died suddenly April 25, 2007, from a brain aneurysm.
Compaan and then-Mayor Gary Haakenson were by Stern's side at Harborview in Seattle when he died.
"I remember it clearly," Compaan said this week. "Gary said 'Al, you know, I need someone to lead and take charge of the department or at least do i...