Todd Morrell – who worked extensively as Operations Captain at Burien’s Precinct 4 – has been selected as the new Chief for the Metro Transit Police following a competitive recruitment process.

In 2022, Morrell served as Acting Police Chief while Ted Boe trained at the FBI National Academy in Virginia.

“I have tremendous confidence in Todd and the experience he brings for this critical position to support public safety,” said Rebecca Frankhouser, Metro’s Managing Director of Safety, Security and Quality Assurance.

Morrell boasts more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement. As a collaborative leader, he focuses on building consensus and leading by three core tenets: Be humble, be helpful and be relevant.

As an ardent supporter of transit, Morrell recognizes how vital the role mobility plays in helping our communities succeed and thrive.

“I promise to continue the positive trajectory of the Metro Transit Police and I’m committed to providing excellent service to the community, Metro employees and our riders,” Morrell said. “I recognize the ever-changing expectations of law enforcement and I’m committed to resolutions that are based in equity, fairness and justice.”

Before joining Metro Transit Police, Morrell served as the Operations Captain with the Burien Police Department. He also served three tours with MTP as a Patrol Deputy, Sergeant of the Bicycle and Street Crimes Teams, and as acting Captain of Operations. Morrell has also served as a Field Training Officer, Master Police Officer, Detective and as a member of the King County SWAT Team.

He replaces former chief of police Jose Marenco, who was promoted to Chief of the Patrol Operations Division with the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) late last year.

Morrell has been married to his wife for 22 years and they have two children. He and his family are avid hockey fans who enjoy supporting the Seattle Kraken, Seattle Thunderbirds and the Washington State Cougars, where his son plays. He also loves motorcycles and serves as an instructor in his spare time.

“Welcome to Metro, Todd!”

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