Police department adds two officers, promotes five
July 1, 2014
By Peter Clark
Two new patrol officers joined the Issaquah Police Department in the past month.
At a ceremony June 3, new-hire Michael Lucht was sworn in to the department. The four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department of North Dakota moved for the job in Issaquah.
“I just wanted to get some place a little warmer,” Lucht said. “I also like how this area is so close to the outdoors.”
After a month working with the department, he said he has grown very fond of the community-oriented nature of Issaquah.
“I absolutely love the place,” Lucht said. “The people are friendly and work is good.”
Officer John Nieto joined the Issaquah Police Department on July 1. He transferred from a corrections officer position with the Issaquah Jail, which he has held since December 2012.
“It’s just more of a challenge,” Nieto said about transferring into the new position. “It also offers more career advancement opportunities.”
Nieto said he has worked in three federal prisons and has been in law enforcement since he was 19. He has also expanded his career through education, earning a Master’s in Public Administration.
After working closely with patrol over the past year, Nieto said he earned a lot of respect for the department.
“I like Issaquah’s approach to law enforcement,” he said. “It’s a community-oriented place and I like that approach. We have a pretty good group of guys here.”
Cmdr. Stan Conrad said the two new officers replaced vacancies caused by the retirement of former Chief Paul Ayers in April and the retirement of Scott Trial, who had more than 25 years with the department.
Additionally, five officers were promoted at the June 3 swearing-in ceremony.
Brian Horn and Marty Martin were promoted to the rank of corporal. Todd Johnson and Andrew Rohrbach were promoted to the rank of sergeant. And Bob Porter was promoted to the rank of commander, filling the vacancy left when Scott Behrbaum became chief.
Conrad said the department expects to hire another police officer, for which the City Council budgeted during last year’s deliberations, before the end of the year. He said a candidate is undergoing a background check for the position.