On July 11, 2022, in front of a crowd of family, friends, and fellow officers, Brian W. Lynch was sworn in as the new Captain of the Snoqualmie Police Department.
It was evident by the crowd of spectators at the Monday evening City Council meeting that Captain Lynch is well respected and loved in the Snoqualmie Valley community.
When one local onlooker was asked why she came to see Lynch sworn in as Captain, she told the tale of a harrowing night she and her family experienced after a house fire in 2020.
She said, “Brian finished a shift and was coming home when he smelled the smoke of our fire. They live around the corner, and he parked his cruiser and walked over to see if it was us. He and his wife (Tina) took us in, fed our kids, watched our dog for four days while we were in a hotel, set up a GoFundMe, and helped get our rental furnished and ready for us. Brian, Tina, and Tina’s parents are just lovely, kind, caring people.”
Cpt. Lynch comes to Snoqualmie from the Black Diamond Police Department, where he served as a sergeant. He brings 21 years of law enforcement experience in the Enumclaw and Black Diamond Police Departments.
When asked why he chose to come to the Snoqualmie Police Department, Cpt. Lynch replied “I really had no intentions of ever leaving the Black Diamond Police Department. I loved the agency and the community, so I never envisioned a scenario of me leaving. Late last year, I was approached by several Snoqualmie Officers who told me of a Captain’s position that was coming available with their department. At first, I balked at the idea, but the more I thought about it, the attraction of working and serving the community where my friends and family live became too much for me to deny. After talking with my wife about a possible move to the Snoqualmie Police Department, I decided it was the right thing for me to do. I wanted to be a part of making the Valley a safer place for my children. It truly is an honor and a privilege to be named Captain of the Snoqualmie Police Department.”
Before starting his career in law enforcement, Cpt. Lynch worked in the emergency medical services field.
During his tenure in Black Diamond, Cpt. Lynch also served as the Commander of the Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crimes Task Force – to which the Snoqualmie Police Department belongs – overseeing 17 detectives.
“Brian has a servant’s heart,” said SPD Chief Perry Phipps. “He has a career of doing more than just writing tickets, which is what embodies our police department where we strive to help our community be better.”
Cpt. Lynch has a strong community service ethic, resulting in being honored twice as Officer of the Year, once as Civilian Servant of the Year, and once as DUI Officer of the Year.
He established successful fundraisers to support needy residents and community programs, including Black Diamond’s Chief for the Day program.
Welcome, Captain Lynch!