Longtime Sheriff’s Office Spokesman John Urquhart Now Running for Sheriff


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Former King County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart, who retired in February after 24 years with the agency, announced Tuesday (April 24) that he is a candidate for Sheriff.

Urquhart will oppose Sheriff Steve Strachan, who was appointed by the King County Council earlier this month to fill the uncompleted term of former Sheriff Sue Rahr.

Rahr, who resigned effective March 31 to take direct the Washington State Law Enforcement Training Academy in Burien, tapped Strachan to replace her.

A Seattle native, Urquhart has spent 36 years in law enforcement, spending the last decade as the sheriff’s office Public Information Officer. During this time he also served as administrative aide to former Sheriff Dave Reichert and then Rahr.

He was a patrol officer, field training officer, master police officer, and street-level vice/narcotics detective.

Urquhart worked at the sheriff’s office Fourth Precinct in Burien for several years, where his fellow deputies named him Officer of the Year.

A Mercer Island resident, he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in business before entering law enforcement.

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