Gang Unit commander Lieutenant Wilson promoted to Captain

There is a new face and a couple of changes coming to the Seattle Police Department Executive Staff.

Interim Chief John Diaz says, “Lieutenant Wilson has served the citizens of Seattle tirelessly over the course of his 32-year career.  It is my pleasure to announce his promotion to Captain.  Captain Sanford and Assistant Chief Metz are the right people to fill two of our executive level vacancies.  They will provide the leadership and professionalism needed to prevail over the challenges that a big city police department faces on a daily basis.”

Lieutenant Ron Wilson of the Robbery, Fugitive and Gang Unit has been promoted today to Captain.  Captain Wilson will oversee the SPD Metropolitan Section, which consists of SWAT, K9, Harbor and Mounted Patrol.  Taking his place will be SWAT Commander Lieutenant Steve Wilske.  Captain Wilson is a 32-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department.

Captain Mike Sanford of the Operations and Planning Section will be filling in as Acting Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations.  Captain Sanford’s previous assignments include West Precinct Commander, Metropolitan Section and Narcotics.  Captain Sanford is a 25-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department.

Assistant Chief Nick Metz of the Patrol Operations Bureau will serve as Acting Deputy Chief of Operations, Interim Chief John Diaz’s former position.  Chief Metz is a 26-year veteran of the force.

For more information about Acting Deputy Chief Metz and other Executive Staff, please follow this link.

Assistant Chief Metz

Assistant Chief Metz

Captain Sanford 

Captain Sanford
Captain Wilson

Captain Wilson