Police chief retires after 39-year career

March 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar Paul Ayers, Issaquah’s police chief for the last seven years, pauses in his office for a portrait.

By Greg Farrar
Paul Ayers, Issaquah’s police chief for the last seven years, pauses in his office for a portrait.

After 39 years in law enforcement — seven in Issaquah — Chief Paul Ayers is ready to take it easy.

Though it started out as a ride-along after serving his tours of duty in Vietnam, police work became a decorated career for Ayers almost four decades ago. He will serve his last day April 15.

“Literally, my first day riding along was a huge eye-opener for me,” Ayers said. “What people know about law enforcement is what they read in the paper and what they see on TV. When you’re at street level and see those things happen, it really makes you realize this job is a lot more.”

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Slippery slopes are paved with good intentions

October 22, 2013

One has to sympathize with Allen Anderson for what transpired Oct. 10.

The longtime custodian at Issaquah High School has regularly worn a camouflage-printed jacket and carried an umbrella into work. But this particular day, someone mistook his signature look for that of a mysterious gunman.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

The high school and other nearby schools went into lockdown. When Anderson realized it was he who had caused the confusion, he told school administrators who advised him to turn himself in to the police surrounding the school.

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Eastside police team up to investigate internal incidents

July 2, 2013

A number of Eastside police departments are teaming up in an effort to foster cooperative, transparent investigations into internal incidents.

Issaquah joins Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Black Diamond and Mercer Island in an interlocal agreement to share resources in investigations.

“Each party has the power, authority and responsibility to investigate officer-involved fatalities or serious incidents occurring within its boundaries,” the agreement reads. “The parties want to maintain community trust and recognize best practices when investigating such incidents by creating a King County Investigative Response Team. KCIRT will provide expert investigative aid to any party to this agreement when a party requests such aid.”

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