CHIEF of POLICE & Command Staff
Jim Pugel serves as the Interim Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department.
Pugel was named Interim Chief on April 8, 2013 and will serve as Chief until a permanent police chief is selected.
Chief Jim Pugel began his career with the Seattle Police Department as a volunteer Reserve Officer in 1981. His career with the Department began when he was hired in January 1983. As a Police Officer, Chief Pugel worked throughout the city before being assigned to SWAT in 1986. He was promoted to Sergeant in January 1990.read more
As a Sergeant, Chief Pugel supervised in the East Precinct and the Basic Training Academy before being reassigned to SWAT. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 1994 and served as both a Watch Commander and an Operations Lieutenant in the East Precinct before commanding the Sexual Assault Unit. Chief Pugel also served as the Administrative Aide to the Chief before being promoted to Captain of the West Precinct in March of 1999. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in July 2000 and most recently commanded the Field Support Bureau and the Investigations Bureau.
Boards and Committees
Chief Pugel serves on the University of Washington Women’s/Men Rowing Board, Fulcrum Foundation Board of Advisors and is the co-Chair of NW LInX Board. He also serves on the Executive Session on Community Corrections at the Harvard, Kennedy School of Government and the Seattle University Criminal Justice Department Advisory Committee.
Chief Pugel graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and English. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. In 2006, he completed the Cascade Center Executive Management Program, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.
Pierce Murphy is the Director of the Office of Professional Accountability
Previously, Pierce spent over 14 years as the Community Ombudsman for the City of Boise in Idaho. As Boise’s first ombudsman, Pierce created Idaho’s first and only civilian oversight of law enforcement agency. In 1972 he began working in law enforcement in both civilian and sworn positions. After receiving his baccalaureate and master degrees, Pierce started a successful career in human resource management and consulting. Pierce has been active professionally in the field of civilian oversight of law enforcement and has advised cities and counties across the United States on this topic.
Mr. Murphy has been the OPA Director in Seattle since July 1, 2013.read more
He is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and frequent speaker at their annual training conference. Pierce has always been an active volunteer in his community and a proud member of Rotary since 1988.
- Santa Clara University – Bachelor of Science in Commerce - 1978
- Gonzaga University – Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - 1984
- Loyola University of New Orleans – Master of Pastoral Studies - 2000
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.read more
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.
Ms. Graff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Washington.
Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer is the Chief of Staff which oversees the Field Support Bureau, Administrative Section and the Legal Unit.
Assistant Chief Clark Kimerer was hired by the Seattle Police Department in 1983. As a Police Officer, he worked in the East and West Precincts and then as the Training Officer for the SWAT Team. He was promoted to Sergeant in July of 1987 and held assignments in the DWI Unit before being assigned to the Goodwill Games Planning Group. From 1985 to 1992, he was also chief Negotiator for the SPD Hostage Negotiation Team.read more
Following his promotion to Lieutenant in late 1989, he continued as Lead Planner for the Goodwill Games through the completion of that event. He was later transferred to the West Precinct, serving as Captain from 1992 to 1996. Also as a Captain, Chief Kimerer commanded the Internal Investigations Section and the Vice & Narcotics Section.
Boards and Committees
Chief Kimerer is involved at a national leadership level in various homeland security and disaster management initiatives, including as Chair of the Investigations Committee for the DHS Virtual USA project; as executive board member of the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS; as a founding member of the Major City Chiefs Intelligence Commanders Group; as adjunct faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security; and as a member of the Board of Directors of John Jay University – Reganhaard Center for Emergency Management Studies in New York. Chief Kimerer also served as a Syndicate Director for the Leadership In Counterterrorism program in Sydney.
Chief Kimerer attended Northwestern University and graduated with a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from St. John's College. Chief Kimerer also attended the Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts at St. John's. He is a graduate of the Harvard Negotiation Program at Harvard University Law School, a graduate of the National Executive Institute Leadership Class XXVI. Chief Kimerer has been a member of the Downtown Emergency Services Center Board of Directors for twelve years, serving for the last nine years as Chair.
Assistant Chief Carmen Best commands the Investigations Bureau. This Bureau oversees Homicide, Robbery, Fraud, Auto Theft, Narcotics, Major Crimes Investigation, Internet Crimes Against Children, Vice, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and CSI Units, Gang Unit and Criminal Intelligence.
Captain Carmen Best began her career with the Seattle Police Department in 1992. Captain Best has worked uniformed patrol, School Safety, Media Relations, Patrol Supervisor, Media Relations Supervisor, Watch Commander, Operations Lieutenant, Narcotics Proactive Lieutenant, Robbery/Gangs/Fugitive Lieutenant, and Community Outreach Lieutenant. Her most recent assignment was as the Community Outreach Lieutenant where she was responsible for overseeing personnel assigned to Community Outreach, False Alarm Detail, Youth Outreach, School Emphasis, Explorers, Public Affairs, the Citizen’s Police Academy, Crime Stoppers and Demographic Advisory Councils. Captain Best was promoted to the rank of Captain and in September 2013 she was assigned to the South Precinct.read more
Captain Best attended Western Illinois University. She has a certificate in Police Management from the University of Washington and certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. She completed the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2006 and the FBI National Academy in 2010 and the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy in August 2013. She is a past treasurer for the Washington State Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and volunteer for the A+ program for youth. Captain Best was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has five generations of family living in the Seattle/Tacoma area. She is married and has two daughters.
Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh commands the Patrol Operations Bureau.
Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh began his police career with the Seattle Police Department in May of 1983. As a police officer, McDonagh worked the East and South Precincts in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer and the South Precinct Anti-Crime Team(ACT). He spent time in the Special Patrol Unit/Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) where he remained when he was promoted to Sergeant. He also served as a Patrol Sergeant in the North Precinct.read more
As Lieutenant he was assigned as the Evidence and Identification Section Commander overseeing the Photo Lab, Fingerprint Technicians, Latent Print Examiners, Evidence Unit and managed the Seattle Police segment of the regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System(AFIS). He was then assigned to the newly formed Emergency Preparedness Bureau, Homeland Security Section. He was promoted to East Precinct Commander in April of 2007 and served there until October 2009.
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.read more
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.
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.
Assistant Chief Mike Washburn is the Commander of the Field Support Bureau which includes Human Resources, Information Technology, Predictive Policing, and the 9-1-1 Center.
Assistant Chief Mike Washburn began his career with the Seattle Police Department in December 1986. As a police officer, Washburn worked in the South Precinct in Patrol, as a Field Training Officer, and later in the Anti-Crime Team. In 1993, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a patrol supervisor, a Community Police Team supervisor, and finally as a Detective Sergeant in the Juvenile Unit.
As a Lieutenant, he served as a watch commander at the East Precinct. He then took over the South Precinct's Weed and Seed program and eventually coordinated all three of Seattle's Federally-Designated Weed and Seed Sites while simultaneously being assigned to the newly opened Southwest Precinct as the Operations Commander. In 2003, he served a 6-month fellowship with the Department of Justice at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the Safe Streets Executive Fellow.read more
As a Captain, he served as the North Precinct Commander for almost five years. He was then assigned to the Investigations Bureau and commanded the Violent Crimes Section which includes Robbery, Homicide, CSI, and the Gang Unit. He then commanded the Audit, Policy and Research Section. His final Captain Assignment was to serve as SPD’s Human Resources Director..
Assistant Chief Washburn holds a Masters Degree in the Administration of Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Central Washington University in both Law and Justice and Sociology. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.
Assistant Chief Mike Sanford commands the Professional Standards Bureau.
Assistant Chief Mike Sanford began his been with the Seattle Police Department in 1984. He was assigned as a Patrol Officer in the East precinct until 1987, before joining the SWAT team and later, the Basic Training unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1994, where he worked in the South and West Precincts and in Narcotics. During his time as a Sergeant, he was integral to the formation of the Citywide Anti-Violence Team.read more
As a Lieutenant, Sanford worked first in Audit and Procedures, Training, Narcotics and as a back-up SWAT Commander. During that time, he was also selected as an Executive Assistant to serve for two Chiefs of Police.
In 2001, he was promoted to Captain, where he oversaw the Records Section, then served as the West Precinct Commander, the Metro Unit Commander and the Homeland Security Commander.
Chief Sanford holds an Associates Degree in Police Science from Shoreline Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Political Science (Society and Justice), and a Masters Degree in Public Administration - both from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.