Wednesday Dec. 22, 2010
For Immediate Release
Public Information Director
425-257-8687 or cell 425-418-0936
Sgt. Robert Goetz
Public Information Office
Police Chief Jim Scharf to retire spring 2011
Mayor to appoint Everett native Kathy Atwood to the top post
EVERETT – Mayor Ray Stephanson announced today Wednesday Dec. 22 that Police Chief Jim Scharf will retire spring 2011, and that he will appoint Deputy Chief Kathy Atwood to the department’s top post.
“I want to thank Chief Scharf for all he has contributed to the City of Everett,” Mayor Stephanson said. “During his 15 years of service to our community, Chief Scharf guided important advancements such as achieving accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, promoting an award-winning crime prevention program and overseeing the creation of an enhanced domestic violence training program.”
Chief Scharf, who has served as chief since 1995, will retire March 31, 2011. Before coming to Everett, Scharf served as the elected Snohomish County Sheriff for seven years. Prior to that, he served in various capacities in the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and was first sworn in as a deputy in 1973. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Washington State University. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy.
“It has truly been a privilege to serve this community and to lead one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country,” Chief Scharf said. “I am proud of the progressive and conscientious police officers who serve this community every day. The Everett Police Department will remain committed under Deputy Chief Atwood’s leadership to providing a safe community with the highest possible quality of life for our residents.”
Throughout his 21 years as a chief law enforcement administrator, Scharf has many accomplishments including:
Serving on the Governor’s Emergency Management Council, chairman
International Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee chairman
Western State Information Network vice chairman
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, board member and chairman
Washington State Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, executive board and president
Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, vice president
Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Washington State Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
Deputy Chief Atwood was born and raised in Everett. She attended Everett High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
“It’s been my preference to promote from within whenever possible,” Mayor Stephanson said. “It is with great pride that we work to develop employees for advancement. Deputy Chief Atwood is the best qualified person to be our new police chief. She has the experience and respect to lead this department.”
Atwood began her career with Everett Police Department in 1989 and has held various assignments with the department including serving in the following divisions: operations, investigations and administrative services.
Deputy Chief Atwood’s commitment to public service includes her position as President of the Board of Directors for the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center and previous service on the Snohomish County Children’s Commission.
In 2009, she was the recipient of the Law Enforcement Support Award from Snohomish County Domestic Violence Services. She is also an active member of the Washington Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates serving on the Training and Finance Committees.
“This is a great honor, and I look forward to serving the community I grew up in through this new role,” Atwood said. “Chief Scharf has set a solid foundation within the department and will leave a legacy of excellence in public service that I hope to continue.”
With Deputy Chief Atwood’s new appointment this spring, Capt. Dan Templeman will be promoted to fill the Deputy Chief role alongside Deputy Chief Mike Campbell. Templeman began his career with the Everett Police Department in 1992 and has worked his way through the ranks. He was promoted to captain in 2008. He is currently oversees the department’s administrative services division, which includes training, records and police property units.