Issaquah, King County recognize Police Week

May 22, 2012

Issaquah and King County joined local governments throughout the United States to recognize May 13-19 as Police Week.

Officials lowered the flag at Issaquah City Hall to half-staff May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In a proclamation May 14, King County Council members recognized law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including Pierce County Deputy Shandon Wright, Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson and Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week around the date as Police Week.

“Since 1853, the King County Sheriff’s Office has had 15 members killed in the line of duty,” Sheriff Steve Strachan said in a statement. “Every day we remember the sacrifices that they and their families made for their community that we continue to serve in their honor.”

Local Councilman Reagan Dunn — the representative for rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle — sponsored the county proclamation.

Issaquah, King County commemorate Police Week

May 15, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. May 15, 2012

King County Council members joined municipalities throughout the United States to proclaim May 13-19 as Police Week.

The proclamation, issued Monday, also recognizes law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including Pierce County Deputy Shandon Wright, Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson and Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu.

Local Councilman Reagan Dunn sponsored the proclamation. (Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.)

“We cannot thank the brave men and women of law enforcement enough for what they do every day,” he said in a statement. “Honoring our sheriff’s department and other law enforcement agencies by designating this week as Police Week is a small thing we can do to show our support and stand with these officers that keep us safe day in and day out.”

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Former spokesman John Urquhart enters race for King County sheriff

May 1, 2012

John Urquhart

John Urquhart, a familiar presence briefing journalists at crime scenes as the longtime former spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, is running for the top job at the law enforcement agency.

Urquhart, 64, entered the race for the nonpartisan office April 24. The retired sergeant and Mercer Island resident outlined accountability and leadership as campaign themes.

Before serving as spokesman for the agency, Urquhart’s career included stints as a patrol officer, field training officer, a vice and narcotics detective and, in his most familiar role, as spokesman for sheriffs Dave Reichert and Sue Rahr.

Speculation about the race for sheriff started after Rahr resigned March 31 to accept the top job at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The incumbent sheriff, appointee Steve Strachan, is expected to run for a full term. Candidates can enter the race until the May 18 filing deadline.

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.

King County Council appoints Steve Strachan as sheriff

April 2, 2012

NEW — 5:15 p.m. April 2, 2012

The top law enforcement officer in King County is Steve Strachan, the former top deputy at the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Steve Strachan

King County Council members appointed Strachan to succeed former Sheriff Sue Rahr on Monday, 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 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.

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Sheriff candidate picks up council members’ support

March 27, 2012

Outgoing King County Sheriff Sue Rahr’s handpicked successor received support from King County Council members March 22, as the council prepares to appoint the next sheriff.

Steve Strachan

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson and Councilwoman Julia Patterson to introduce legislation to name Chief Deputy Steve Strachan as interim sheriff after Rahr resigns March 31.

“I look forward to welcoming Chief Deputy Strachan as King County’s interim sheriff next month,” Lambert said in a statement. “I am particularly interested in the strategic plan he has developed for coordinating the many regional as well as local law enforcement and investigative functions of the sheriff’s office. I also look forward to increased collaboration with our 12 contract cities as we provide them with the best possible service.”

Rahr plans to step down as the top law enforcement officer in King County on March 31 after a long career in local law enforcement to lead the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

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King County Council praises outgoing sheriff for years of service

March 27, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 27, 2012

King County Council members lauded outgoing Sheriff Sue Rahr on Monday as the longtime law enforcement officer plans to step down from the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Rahr is due to depart the agency March 31, after a long career at the sheriff’s office and a seven-year stint as the top law enforcement officer in the county, to lead the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The organization trains all law enforcement officers in Washington, except for Washington State Patrol troopers.

“We take this opportunity to salute Sheriff Rahr for her decades of service to King County and her role as the first woman to lead the sheriff’s office,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — said in a statement. “Her emphasis on crime prevention, community policing and implementing technology tools has left a legacy of partnerships that will continue to serve the public well.”

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Issaquah councilwoman joins colleagues to back chief deputy for sheriff post

March 23, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. March 23, 2012

Outgoing King County Sheriff Sue Rahr’s handpicked successor received support from King County Council members Thursday, as the council prepares to appoint the next sheriff.

Steve Strachan

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — joined Councilman Bob Ferguson and Councilwoman Julia Patterson to introduce legislation to name Chief Deputy Steve Strachan as interim sheriff after Rahr resigns March 31.

“I look forward to welcoming Chief Deputy Strachan as King County’s interim sheriff next month,” Lambert said in a statement. “I am particularly interested in the strategic plan he has developed for coordinating the many regional as well as local law enforcement and investigative functions of the sheriff’s office. I also look forward to increased collaboration with our 12 contract cities as we provide them with the best possible service.”

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King County Sheriff Sue Rahr resigns for state training post

March 20, 2012

Sue Rahr

The lethal shootout between rival gangs at Lake Sammamish State Park on a summer night in 2010 offered lessons to King County Sheriff Sue Rahr as law enforcement officers encountered a rise in gang activity in unexpected places.

“What we learned there is that gangs definitely were moving out of the city and, basically, staking out certain places where they felt that they could socialize uninhibited and pretty much do whatever they wanted,” she said in a March 15 interview.

Rahr plans to step down as the top law enforcement officer in King County on March 31 after a long career in local law enforcement to lead the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The sheriff led the King County Sheriff’s Office as budgets dwindled, crimes turned more sophisticated and concerns about gang violence lingered — a problem illustrated by the state park shootings.

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King County Sheriff Sue Rahr to resign March 31

March 14, 2012

NEW — 3:35 p.m. March 14, 2012

Sheriff Sue Rahr plans to step down as the top law enforcement officer in King County on March 31 to join the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Sue Rahr

The outgoing sheriff designated the No. 2 official at the King County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, to serve as interim sheriff after she resigns.

“I made the decision to leave the sheriff’s office before the end of my term for a number of reasons,” she said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “First, and foremost, I have complete confidence in Chief Deputy Steve Strachan and the rest of the command staff to effectively lead the sheriff’s office and continue to protect and serve the citizens of King County. I would not and could not leave this post without that confidence.”

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