Sheriff Rahr Announces Kent Police Chief Strachan As New Undersheriff

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King County Sheriff Sue Rahr announced Tuesday (Sept. 28th) that Kent Police Chief Steve Strachan has accepted her offer to join the Sheriff’s Office as the Undersheriff beginning in early 2011.

Sheriff Rahr has been working for over a year to restructure the command and organization of the Sheriff’s Office in order to save money. In addition, with growing Transit policing and significant annexations the Sheriff’s Office will function more efficiently with an Undersheriff.

Beginning in June of this year Sheriff Rahr cut two command staff positions and two more are slated for elimination in 2011. The Undersheriff will take on responsibility for overseeing much of the work that was managed by those commanders.

Steve Strachan was recruited to be the Chief of Police of the Kent Police Department in 2006. He has an exceptional background with experience in police leadership positions and has held elected offices in both state and local government.

Here’s Strachan’s bio:

Police Chief Steve Strachan has over 25 years of law enforcement experience. He has served as Chief of Police since 2006 in Kent, Washington, a regional center with a population of 115,000. Steve previously served as Chief of Police in Lakeville, Minnesota, where he had been an Administrative Sergeant, Detective, School Resource Officer, SWAT team leader, DARE Officer, and Patrol Officer. Steve has also been at the forefront of initiatives which have shown tremendous success in reducing repeat calls for service and increasing safety in multiple-housing areas.

In 1996, Steve was elected to the first of two terms as a city council member in Farmington, Minnesota. In 2002, Steve was elected to the Minnesota State House of Representatives, where he served on the Judiciary Committee. In his time in the House, Steve was the chief author of several high profile and controversial bills, including the reduction of the alcohol limit to .08 and a complete overhaul of Minnesota’s sex offender registration policies.

Steve served on the Minnesota Public Safety Facilities Commission for Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and was later appointed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the State Sex Offender Policy Commission, the DWI Task Force, and the Governor’s Stadium Commission.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) #51. Steve was a member of Session #44 of the Senior Management Institute for Police through the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

In 2007, Steve was appointed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority. Steve is the Co-Chair of the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs Corrections Committee. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Vice-Chair of the King County Chiefs of Police Association, and is an active member of the Kent Rotary Club.

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