Seattle Police Department Promotion Ceremony

On November 18th at 1:00 p.m. the Seattle Police Department held a promotion ceremony at City Hall to announce the promotions of numerous individuals and honor their achievements. Highlighted below is some additional biographical information about each of the promotion recipients:

• Assistant Chief Mike Sanford – Mike is a 25-year veteran. He took command of the Patrol Operations Bureau, and oversees Crime Analysis, Peer Support, and all five police precincts. As an officer he worked in the East Precinct, SWAT and was a police academy instructor. As a sergeant he supervised the Narcotics unit and served on a citywide Anti-Crime Team. As a lieutenant he led the Narcotics and Audit and Procedures units. As a captain Mike served as an administrative assistant to the Chief of Police, led Metro Special Response, Homeland Security, and Operations and Planning. He was also the West Precinct commander.

• Captain Jim Dermody – Jim is a 19-year veteran of the department and a second-generation Seattle Police officer. He is the current commander of the East Precinct. As an officer he worked in the North Precinct and SWAT. As a sergeant he continued to serve in the North Precinct and SWAT. As a lieutenant he worked in the Homicide Unit and in four of the five precincts.

• Captain Dave Emerick – Dave joined the Seattle Police Department in 1982 as a reserve officer and was hired as a police officer in 1985. He is the current commander of the South Precinct and the former captain of Violent Crimes. As an officer he worked in the West and North Precincts, and the Narcotics unit. As a sergeant he worked in the South Precinct and in the Narcotics and Gangs units. As a lieutenant he worked in the West Precinct and the Harbor and Homicide units.

• Captain Ron Wilson – Ron is a 33-year veteran. He is the commander of Metro Special Response that includes SWAT, K-9, Mounted, and Harbor Patrol. As an officer he worked in the West Precinct, K-9 and Communications. As a sergeant he worked in the West Precinct and was assigned special activities. As a lieutenant he worked in the West and East Precincts, the Vice and Robbery units, as well as earning the reputation of being the department’s expert on gangs. Ron is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

• Lieutenant Joel Guay – Joel is a 28-year veteran. He is the lieutenant for East Precinct/1st Watch. As an officer he worked in the West and East Precincts, on an Anti-Crime Team, and in the North Burglary/Theft and Fraud/Explosives units. As a sergeant he worked in the West Precinct and in the Internal Investigations Section. 

• Lieutenant Deanna Nollette – Deanna is a 13-year veteran. She is the lieutenant for East Precinct /2nd Watch. As an officer she worked in the South Precinct and the Media Relations Unit. As a sergeant she worked in the West Precinct and supervised the Media Relations Unit. In 2001 Deanna received SPD’s Outstanding Public Service Award for the Amber Alert Program.

• Lieutenant Michael Teeter – Mike is a 17-year veteran. He is the lieutenant for Employment Services in Human Resources. As an officer he worked in the South and West Precincts and in the Traffic Unit. As a sergeant he worked in the Southwest Precinct and the Internal Investigations Section. He is a certified Drug Recognition Expert, and has trained hundreds of officers and recruits in DUI enforcement, in the Drug Recognition Expert program, and the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. In 2008, Mike received an Outstanding Public Service Award.

• Lieutenant Alan Williams – Alan is a 23-year veteran. He is the lieutenant for West Precinct/3rd Watch. As an officer he worked in the South and North precincts and the North Anti-Crime Team. As a sergeant he served in the North Precinct, on the ACT and SWAT teams, and in the Internal Investigations and Evidence Sections. Alan is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel.

• Sergeant John Brooks – John is a 17-year veteran. He is a sergeant for East Precinct/3rd Watch. As an officer he worked in the East, North and South Precincts, and was also assigned to SWAT. He received a Medal of Valor in 2002.

• Sergeant Bryan Clenna – Bryan is a 13-year SPD veteran. He has also served eight years in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps. He is a sergeant for East Precinct/3rd Watch. As an officer he worked in the South and West Precincts, and in Youth Outreach. In 2003, Bryan received SPD’s Excellence Award.

• Sergeant James Danielson – James joined SPD in 1992. He is a sergeant in the Internal Investigations Section. As an officer he worked in the South Precinct and in the Sexual Assault and CSI units. James has lectured for the Ministry of Justice in Japan on Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions in a jury system, and spoken to the High Court of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Police regarding common law jurisprudence and police procedures in Eastern cultures.

• Sergeant Avery Jaycin Diaz – Jaycin is a 15-year veteran, and is currently assigned to Communications. As an officer he worked in the South and West Precincts, and in the Communications Section. Jaycin is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

• Sergeant Stephen Hirjak – Stephen is a 16-year veteran, and is a sergeant in the Internal Investigations Section. As an officer he worked in the North Precinct, on the Community Police Team, and in the Domestic Violence Unit. In 2003 he won an Innovation Award, and also received the 2004 Officer of the Year Award from the Lake City Elks Club. Stephen is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

• Sharon Burk – Sharon joined the Seattle Police in 1988 and has worked as Communications Dispatcher II and III. She is being promoted to Chief Communications Dispatcher.

• PEO Mary Mitchell – Mary is a 17-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. She was named Parking Enforcement Officer of the Month for August 2007. She is being promoted to Parking Enforcement Supervisor.

• PEO Jason Kasube – Jason was hired in 2002 and was awarded Parking Enforcement Officer of the Month twice, once in 2004 and again in 2008. Jason is being promoted to Parking Enforcement Supervisor.

• PEO George Murray – George joined SPD in 2004 and was awarded Parking Enforcement Officer of the Month in March 2008. George is also being promoted to Parking Enforcement Supervisor.

Captain Wilson with grandchild pinning the badge.

Captain Wilson with grandchild pinning the badge.