Townsend sworn in as Poulsbo's chief of police

Poulsbo Police Chief Alan Townsend - Courtesy
Poulsbo Police Chief Alan Townsend
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POULSBO — Alan Townsend was able to get started as Poulsbo police chief sooner than expected, thanks to a quick replacement decision in Port Orchard, and was sworn in April 19 by Mayor Becky Erickson. He will be publicly sworn in at the May 1 City Council meeting, 7 p.m.

Townsend spent his first full day on Monday conducting sergeant interviews to replace Sgt. Wendy Davis, who left the department in April.

The City Council approved the mayor’s nomination of Townsend for police chief March 6.

“I'm looking forward to getting started,” Townsend said to the council. “I appreciate the support of staff and elected people. I look forward to leading your police department very soon.”

Townsend, a Bangor resident who was previously the police chief of Port Orchard, will be paid $117,975 a year, a slight decrease from his $126,000 a year Port Orchard salary.

He succeeds Dennis Swiney, who retired in January and returned to his hometown of Visalia, Calif. Deputy Chief Robert Wright has been acting chief. Geoffrey Marti, former commander of the Port Orchard Police Department, was confirmed by the Port Orchard City Council as that city’s new police chief April 23, according to the Port Orchard Independent.

Follow Townsend on Twitter at @PoulsboPDChief.


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