King County Council appoints Steve Strachan as sheriff
April 2, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 5:15 p.m. April 2, 2012
The top law enforcement officer in King County is Steve Strachan, the former top deputy at the King County Sheriff’s Office.
King County Council members appointed Strachan to succeed former Sheriff Sue Rahr on Monday, days after Rahr resigned to lead the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The sheriff oversees about 1,000 employees and a $138 million budget.
Under the King County Charter, the council is responsible for appointing a sheriff until the vacancy is filled during the next general election in November. Strachan, a former state legislator and city councilman in Minnesota, is expected to run for the post.
“Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to work with Chief Strachan, and I am impressed with his experience, depth of knowledge and dedication to the mission of the sheriff’s office,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with him in this new role on efforts such as expanding e-policing to engage more citizens in crime prevention using technology, as well as continuing our collaboration with our contract cities.”
Strachan joined the sheriff’s office as chief deputy in January 2011 after serving as police chief in Kent. Before joining the Kent Police Department, Strachan served as police chief in Lakeville, Minn.
In 1996, voters in Farmington, Minn., elected Strachan as a city councilman. Then, in 2002, voters elected Strachan to the Minnesota House of Representatives.