Police Chief Paul Ayers to retire
March 4, 2014
By Peter Clark
After seven years in the position, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers will retire April 15.
Ayers has worked almost 40 years in law enforcement and began his tenure as Issaquah’s chief of police in July 2007. He previously served as police chief in Lewiston, Idaho.
City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said the city knew of Ayers’ decision and that an internal search for his replacement would launch soon.
Mayor Fred Butler praised Ayers for his years of service.
“Our community is a better place thanks to Paul’s dedication, professionalism, creativity and commitment to community policing,” Butler said in a city press release. “I look forward to welcoming a new police chief who shares the same values and commitment to innovation.”
Ayers started his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Moscow Police Department in Idaho. Throughout his career, he has served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy.
Qualified candidates from within the Issaquah Police Department will be considered for police chief. Panels of community members and city staff will help make a recommendation to the mayor. Monahan said the city had no official dates yet on when residents could assist with that recommendation.