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SPD Assistant Chief takes job in E. Washington

Chief Linda Pierce has accepted a position as Public Safety Director with the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.  Her last day with the Seattle Police Department was Friday, September 11th. Assistant Chief Linda Pierce formerly commanded the Special Operations Bureau. This Bureau oversees Operations and Planning, Arson/Bomb/CBRNE, Harbor Patrol, Operational Support and Criminal Intelligence sections.

Linda Pierce began her career with the Seattle Police Department in May 1981. As a police officer, she worked throughout the city.  She was a Field Training Officer and also spent one year assigned to the Inspections and Planning Section. She was promoted to detective sergeant in 1988 and was tasked with developing the department’s first community policing unit. In 1991, she returned to patrol as a sergeant in the East Precinct.  She then served as the commander of Mounted Patrol Unit until she was promoted to lieutenant in 1995. While a lieutenant, she worked as a watch commander in the North Precinct, commander of the Special Deployment Unit and executive assistant to two assistant chiefs as well as the chief of police. She was promoted to captain in 1999. As a captain, she has commanded the Internal Investigations Section as well as Metropolitan Section, overseeing Canine, Mounted, SWAT, Harbor and Gang units. She was the Captain of the West Precinct before her promotion to Assistant Chief in 2005.

Linda Pierce graduated from Syracuse University in 1980 with a B.A. in Policy Studies in Criminal Justice. She attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now known as the Seattle University Law School where she received an American Jurisprudence Award and attained her Juris Doctor in 1988. She has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1990. Linda Pierce has also been a certified mediator since 1996, participating in the King County Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group as well as the Federal Executive Board Dispute Resolution Consortium. She is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program offered through the Los Angeles Police Department. 

Linda Pierce’s wisdom and integrity will be greatly missed.  We are confident in her continued success as a leader in the field of law enforcement.

Assistant Chief Linda Pierce

Assistant Chief Linda Pierce