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Mayor appoints Sherman Pruitt next police chief

Jim Lawless offered assistant police chief position


Last updated 12/3/2020 at 4:30pm

Sherman Pruitt

In a surprising move – at least to those who aren't entrenched at City Hall – Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson today, Dec. 3, selected the police chief for the Sauk-Suiattle Native American tribe to head the police department instead a candidate with a long history of service to Edmonds.

Nelson's choice is Sherman Pruitt. Jim Lawless, the other candidate, had been acting police chief since January after the retirement of Al Compaan.

In February, the city hired a firm to search for a police chief, but the search was terminated in March with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. In April, N...

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