By MICHAEL WHITNEY
Published April 26, 2023
Next Snohomish Police Chief announced as Lt. Mike Martin
SNOHOMISH — Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Martin has been named to be police chief come July 1.
The city announced the selection Friday; candidate interviews were earlier in the week. The City Council will be asked to ratify on May 2.
Martin was Sultan’s police chief from 2018 until last year when he took a different assignment. He also was administrative sergeant in Snohomish under chiefs John Flood and Keith Rogers.
Snohomish, Sultan, Stanwood and a few other small cities contract with the sheriff’s office to run local police services. Snohomish made the switch in 2011.
Snohomish’s current Police Chief, Sheriff’s Capt. Rob Palmer, is retiring in June from a nearly 35-year career in law enforcement.
Martin said in a statement that “I have big shoes to fill and look forward to working hard with the men and women of the Snohomish Police Department to maintain public trust through exceptional police service.”
Mayor Linda Redmon said that “I believe (Martin) will be a chief that the community can look to on the issues they care about the most.”
Palmer gave a statement with appreciation for Martin and the selection process. “I’ve worked closely with him over our careers and know that he will bring passion, experience, and ethical leadership. I’m looking forward to working with him during our transition and am completely confident in his ability to lead our police department.”
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