Command Staff

Chief Carmen Best

Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police

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Chief Carmen Best assumed the role of Interim Chief of the Seattle Police Department on January 1, 2018.

Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Chief Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy. In 2015, she received the "Newsmaker of the Year" award from the Seattle Black Press. In 2016, Chief Best completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She will receive her Master's in Criminal Justice Leadership from Northeastern University later this year.

Chief Best is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA), the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF) and the Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCRC) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). She is also on the Trustee Board for Lakeside School, the Visit Seattle Advisory Board, and is the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle.

Chief Best is married and has two adult daughters.

Deputy Chief Chris Fowler

Deputy Chief Chris Fowler

Deputy Chief

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Deputy Chief Chris Fowler oversees the Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations Bureau and Homeland Security Bureau.

Chris Fowler  has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years, most recently as the Assistant Chief of the Homeland Security Bureau. Prior to serving as a Captain in Special Operations, he was the Captain of the West Precinct. His other positions within the department have included patrol officer, bicycle officer, Anti-Crime Team officer, Narcotics detective, Patrol Sergeant, SWAT sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Detective Lieutenant in the Sexual Assault unit.  Deputy Chief Fowler has served as Incident Commander for many of the city's largest public events, ensuring the exercise of civil liberties and the protection of life and property. 

In his prior work as a Captain in the Department, Deputy Chief Fowler was an essential element of the team working with the Department of Justice on the consent decree, and a key team member in the collaboration with community stakeholders, prosecutors, public defenders, and other law enforcement to develop the now national Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, which works to divert low-level offenders addicted to drugs to treatment. Deputy Chief Fowler recently retired as a Brigadier General with the Washington Army National guard, responsible for the command of over 6,000 Army Guard Soldiers. Deputy Chief Fowler holds two master's degrees in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and in Public Administration from Seattle University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington. 

Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey

Brian Maxey

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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The Chief Operating Officer (COO) oversees Professional Standards, Administrative Services, Budget and Finance, the 911 Communication Center, Human Resources, and Information Technology.

Brian G. Maxey has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Seattle Police Department since 2015, focusing the department on exceeding the requirements of the federal consent decree with the Department of Justice, driving best business practices, and executing the Chief's priorities. Previously, he served as Senior Police Counsel, managing the legal affairs of the department with an emphasis on compliance with the consent decree. He also served as a Supervising Assistant City Attorney at the Seattle City Attorney's Office, where he was lead attorney for the Police Action Team, specializing in 42 U.S.C. §1983 litigation and general advice to the Seattle Police Department; as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Unit of the New York City Law Department, representing the New York City Police Department; and as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office, representing WA Department of Corrections and the Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Previously, Brian worked in New York City for the Vera Institute of Justice, concentrating on jury and juvenile court reform; as Director of the Citizens Jury Project at the Fund for Modern Courts; and as Executive Director of Friends of Hudson River Park.

Brian holds a J.D. from Fordham University, an M.P.A. in Policy from New York University, and a B.A. from Occidental College, and has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police. He is licensed to practice law in Washington and New York and is a Washington State Certified Peace Officer (BLEA 758).  Brian is a member of Major City Chiefs, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, and serves on national technology, use of force, and legal committees.

Assistant Chief Steve Wilske

Assistant Chief Steve Wilske

Assistant Chief - Patrol Operations Bureau

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Assistant Chief Steve Wilske commands the Patrol Operations Bureau.

Steve Wilske has served for over 28 years with the Seattle Police Department. He started his career as a Patrol Officer in the West Precinct, followed by assignments in the Mountain Bike Squad and Mounted Unit. He has commanded the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) and HNT (Hostage Negotiations Team), Robbery , Gangs, Homicide and Crime Scene Investigations unit. In 2013, he oversaw the creation of the new Force Investigations Team (FIT), and chaired the department's Force Review Board.

Prior to serving as Assistant Chief, Wilske commanded the Southwest Precinct. Wilske has an Associate of Applied Science degree in commercial diving from Highline Community College.

Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant

Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant

Assistant Chief - Special Operations Bureau

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Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant commands the Special Operations Bureau.

Perry Tarrant has more 36 years of law enforcement experience.  He began his career with the Tucson Police Department working Patrol, Canine, SWAT, and Bomb Squad. He also supervised or commanded these areas as well as Motorcycles, Internal Affairs Investigations, Aviation (with a Commercial Pilot license), Criminal Investigations, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security - Counterterrorism.  Perry coordinated the City of Yakima PD's Gang Initiative and community-based resources before coming to Seattle. 

Perry Tarrant joined the Seattle Police as an Assistant Chief during the Department's DOJ Settlement Agreement.   He was part of a White House law enforcement advisory committee created by President Obama and chaired by Vice President Biden.  He presented before Congress on civil rights, hate crimes, community policing, use of force, and 21st Century Policing.  Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and was elected its President for 2016 and 2017.  He is a member of the Breakfast Group and Red Tail Hawks, which are local community organizations focused on youth mentoring.  He is also serves as a board member of Choose 180, a program that works to keep youth out of the criminal justice system.  

Assistant Chief Tarrant received his Master's Degree in Public Administration with a Leadership Emphasis from Northern Arizona University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Minor in Counterterrorism & Human Migration) from The University of Arizona.  He holds additional academic certificates in Criminal Justice Graduate Studies from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Study in Human Trafficking from The Ohio State University.  He has completed the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and NOBLE's CEO mentoring program.  He is a FEMA Incident Commander and provided leadership for National Special Security Events such as national political party conventions, G-20 summit, and Unified Command for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Assistant Chief Lesley Cordner

Assistant Chief Lesley Cordner

Assistant Chief - Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau.

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Assistant Chief Lesley Cordner commands the Compliance and Professional Standards Bureau.

Lesley Cordner joined the Seattle Police Department in 1989.  She has worked a variety of assignments in Patrol, Community Policing, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Office of Professional Accountability, Traffic Collision Investigations Squad, North Precinct Operations, and most recently as an Aide to Chief O'Toole.

Cordner is originally from Ireland, and has lived in the greater Seattle area since emigrating to the United States. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating, she worked for the Boeing Company and Seattle City Light as a mechanical engineer before joining the department.

Assistant Chief Marc Garth-Green

Assistant Chief Marc Garth Green

Assistant Chief - Investigations Bureau

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Marc Garth Green has 22 years of law enforcement experience, 19 with the Seattle Police Department. He began his career as a Corrections Deputy in Pasco, Florida. In Seattle, he has held assignments as a patrol officer in the South and North Precincts, as anti-crime team officer and sergeant, SWAT marksman, patrol sergeant, patrol operations lieutenant, and the robbery/gang/fugitive lieutenant. He also served as the sitting member of the Force Review Board for two years during the work on the federal consent decree.

Garth Green, in his role as supervisor of the robbery/gang/fugitive units, has been the Department's lead on implementing various community-based initiatives aimed at enhancing public safety, including the Project Safe Neighborhoods program and the Comprehensive Gang Model (LINC - Youth Leadership, Intervention & Change program). This work also includes coordinating the Department's federal task forces (FBI, ATF, United States Marshals Service) focused on preventing and interceding in violent crime, particularly gang- and gun-involved crimes. Garth Green served in the United States Marine Corp for four years and holds an Associate's Degree from Pasco Hernando Community College. 

Assistant Chief Eric Greening

Assistant Chief Eric Greening

Assistant Chief - Homeland Security Bureau

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Eric Greening has served with the Seattle Police Department for 23 years. He has served in a variety of positions across the city, including as Traffic Officer, Patrol Sergeant, a Detective Sergeant in the Narcotics Unit, a Patrol Watch Lieutenant in the South, East, and West Precincts, a Lieutenant in the Office of Professional Accountability, the Operations Lieutenant in the East and South Precincts, and Captain of the Traffic and Parking Enforcement Unit and most recently, the South Precinct. During his time as Captain of the South Precinct, Greening oversaw a 15% decrease in major crime, championed the Micro Community Policing Plan program within the precinct, and enhanced the trust and safety of the approximately 85,000 residents of southeast Seattle.

Greening has served as Incident Commander for a variety of high-profile events across the city.

Greening holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the City University of Seattle. He currently is attending the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, with the awarding of a Master's of Arts in Security Studies anticipated in 2018. 

Director Mike Fields

Mike Fields

Director - Human Resources

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Director Mike Fields leads the Department's Human Resources Section. After practicing as a litigator in the private practice of law, Fields joined the Seattle Police Department in 2002 as the Employment Risk Manager, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of employment matters.  In 2004 he became the Department's labor negotiator, serving as chief spokesperson in all negotiations involving the Department's labor organizations.  In 2014 Fields was promoted to Human Resources Director where he oversees all aspects of the human resources function, including recruiting/hiring, backgrounding, labor and employee relations, performance management, EEO investigations, classification and compensation, benefits and payroll.  Fields received his law degree from The University of San Diego.

Attorney Rebecca Boatright

Rebecca Boatright

Chief Legal Officer

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Chief Legal Officer Rebecca Boatright serves as senior counsel to the Chief and oversees the legal and risk management affairs of the Department.  Her responsibilities include assuring continuing review and regular reporting relating to operational and administrative reforms set in place through the Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice.  

Prior to joining the SPD, Becca served in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney's Office as a trial attorney and litigation supervisor.  Becca graduated from The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH) and received both her Ph.D. (Psychology/Neurophysiology,1999) and J.D. (2002) from the University of Washington.  She recently completed an executive leadership course in Driving Government Performance at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and serves on national advisory committees relating to areas of police reform, including use of force investigation, early intervention, and justice reform. 

CFO Mark Baird

Mark Baird

Chief Financial Officer

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As CFO, Mark Baird oversees Budget, Administrative Services (including Fiscal), Facilities, Jail Coordination, and manages significant departmental projects. He came to the department after servings as a City Council Central Staff policy analyst for public safety. He started in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff for the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. He transitioned into crime analysis and served as a crime analyst and later the analytical supervisor and ComStat coordinator for the Collier County Sheriff's Office and had a similar role in the Portland Police Bureau. During a stint in graduate school he was a research fellow for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Mark returned to the Northwest and was the programs/operations analyst for the Snohomish County Department of Corrections and later was appointed as the Chief of Administration - where he oversaw finance, records, HR, and public disclosure. When the department was absorbed into the Sheriff's Office Mark was appointed Corrections Bureau Chief for the Office. He was also an adjunct instructor at Clackamas Community College in Oregon and at Portland State University, where he taught and crime and intelligence analysis, crime mapping using GIS, statistics, and research methods.

Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Central Washington University, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

CAO Valarie Anderson

Valarie Anderson

Chief Administrative Officer

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Valarie Anderson is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and oversees the Fiscal, Property and Fleets, Research Grants & Corporate Support, Data Center, and Records & Public Requests Sections.

Valarie Anderson began her career with the Seattle Police Department in September 1990 as the Fiscal Manager where she managed accounts payable, accounts receivable, grants accounting, forfeiture accounting, cash accounting, and departmental purchasing. In May 2001, she was promoted to Director of Fiscal Property & Fleet where she continued her leadership and management role in all aspects of accounting and purchasing and worked closely with the departmental budget.

In addition, she was responsible for the effective and efficient management of all departmental vehicles and motor pool operations; as well as for the provision of logistical support, equipment, and supplies for all departmental employees during routine and special events. Valarie was promoted to CAO effective April 2008.

Education

Valarie graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a BA in Accounting in 1979 and from City University in 1998 with a Masters of Public Administration. She has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington since 1985 and is a current member of the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Valarie is an alumnus of City of Seattle's Advanced Management Program and a 2010 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.

Director Barb Graff

Barb Graff

Director - Office of Emergency Management

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Barb Graff is the Director of Seattle Office of Emergency Management Director Barb Graff's responsibilities include managing the multi-hazard interdepartmental emergency management program for the City of Seattle and coordinating its relation to other emergency response agencies and community groups. The program encompasses all phases of integrated emergency management including preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

Ms. Graff has been the Seattle Director since June of 2005.
A native of Puget Sound, before coming to Seattle, Ms. Graff served in a similar capacity for the City of Bellevue for 21 years. Under her leadership, Bellevue's emergency management program served as the pilot for the national Emergency Management Accreditation process. Ms. Graff has managed the response to a number of Presidentially declared disasters and has a depth of experience with full-scale and functional exercises.

Boards and Committees

Ms. Graff currently chairs the national Emergency Management Program Review Committee and serves on the Emergency Management Accreditation Commission. Ms Graff serves on the King County Advisory Committee on Emergency Management and Regional Homeland Security Council. She is a member of the Washington State Emergency Management Association and the International Association of Emergency Management. She co-chairs the Board of Directors for the Washington Information Network 2-1-1 (WIN 2-1-1) information referral system.

Education

Ms. Graff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Chief Strategic Advisor Christopher Fisher

Christopher Fisher

Chief Strategy Officer

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Christopher Fisher is the Chief Strategy Officer to the Chief of Police. Most recently he was Senior Policy Advisor at the Council of State Governments Justice Center with a focus on law enforcement issues. Prior to the Justice Center, Chris worked throughout the New York City justice system. As Director of Analysis and Integrated Solutions in the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice he coordinated interagency efforts to solve criminal justice challenges. Chris has served in similar capacities for other New York City criminal justice agencies, including the New York City Police Department, the Department of Probation, the Administration for Children's Services, and the former Department of Juvenile Justice.


Chris holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia.