Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum appointed to lead Issaquah Police Department
March 21, 2014
NEW — 3:55 p.m. March 21, 2014
Mayor Fred Butler announced his appointment of Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum as the new chief of Issaquah police March 21.
With more than 18 years of service to the Issaquah Police Department, Behrbaum has served as a patrol commander for the past six.
He has also worked as a patrol sergeant, crime prevention officer, narcotics officer and as the agency’s first school resource officer at Issaquah High School.
If the City Council confirms the appointment, Behrbaum replaces Chief Paul Ayers, who will retire April 15.
“I am excited to appoint Scott as our community’s next police chief,” Butler said in a press release announcing the appointment. “I admire the fairness and integrity that he brings to every situation. Moreover, his dedication to community policing — as demonstrated through his service to Issaquah over the past two decades — is a tremendous asset.”
Behrbaum has a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, and serves on the executive board of the FBI National Academy Associates Washington Chapter.
“I am honored by Mayor Butler’s appointment, and I’m excited for what the future holds both for our department and the city,” Behrbaum said in the press release. “I am committed to leading a responsive, approachable and collaborative department that is rooted in safety and service to our community.”
The City Council is expected to vote on a confirmation during its April 7 regular meeting.