King County Council appoints Steve Strachan as sheriff
April 10, 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 April 2, 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 who will run the department 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.
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, he served as police chief in Lakeville, Minn.
In 1996, voters in Farmington, Minn., elected Strachan as a city councilman. Then, in 2002, voters elected him to the Minnesota House of Representatives.