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By Jim Lawless
Acting Police Chief 

Chief Lawless: 'It was not mean to be' | Guest View


Last updated 1/21/2021 at 8:53am

To the Edmonds Community:

The time has come for us all to look towards what is next for the Edmonds Police Department and move forward.

The mayor will be conducting a national search for the next chief of police. It is my belief that the smoothest transition possible is what is needed for the department and the community to begin to heal.

I will forever be grateful that for the past year-plus, I have had the honor and privilege to lead the amazing women and men of this regionally respected law enforcement agency.

However, I will not again apply to be the permanent chief of police, and I accept that it was not meant to be.

As I have already stated, it has been my honor and privilege to provide direction and leadership for our staff and this wonderful community that is Edmonds.

I have been incredibly impressed (but in no way surprised) by the continued professionalism and sacrifice of the women and men of your police department during this time of uncertainty and transition. The most diverse department in our city has continued to do their job at an exceptionally high level this past year, no matter what has been put in front of them.

As women and men of color, diverse ethnicities and religions, and members of the LGBTQ community, our staff is representative of those we so proudly serve, our community.

So, I ask that we all move beyond the recent events and focus on what is to come.

No matter where you have stood on this issue, your police department needs a nationwide pool of qualified law enforcement leaders from which to choose your next chief of police. Those who apply will see that your police department is a trusted and professional organization that is ready to continue moving forward with a fantastic new generation of officers, supervisors, and leadership.

Let's join together to attract the most qualified, sought after candidates a city could ask for. Your Edmonds Police Department is ready to move forward.

I ask that you please join us on this journey.


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