Snoqualmie announces four Police Chief candidates, begins final interviews

city of snoqualmieIt’s been four months since Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley, in a somewhat surprise move, stepped down as head of the department after taking over in 2012.

In June the City said, “Chief McCulley has reached a time where he feels that his goals for the community and the police department have been accomplished, and he is announcing his retirement to allow new leadership to continue to enhance the development of law enforcement services for the upper Snoqualmie Valley.”

The city brought in former Police Chief Jim Schaeffer to serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement was found.

On Tuesday afternoon, October 25, 2016 the City of Snoqualmie announced that it is getting closer to finding a police new chief – and will be interviewing four candidates beginning October 26th, with the recruitment process coordinated by The Prothman Company.

According to a press release, each candidate will be interviewed by four panels. Each panel includes a combination of the city’s senior managers, Snoqualmie Police Department staff and community members.

Panelists will provide input to Mayor Matt Larson and City Administrator Bob Larson, but do not recommend or select finalists. They will, however, provide information on each candidate’s strengths and any areas of concern.

Using this information, Mayor Larson will choose a final candidate to be confirmed by the City Council, likely at the November 14th council meeting, who will begin service with the Snoqualmie Police Department within 30 to 60 days of that confirmation.

The four candidates are Mark Daniel, James L. Dunlap, Brian McElroy, and Perry Phipps.

Mark Daniel currently serves as Police Captain for the City of Sherwood Police Department in Oregon. James L. Dunlap is the Second Precinct Commander for the Chesapeake Police Department in Virginia. Brian McElroy was most recently Chief of Police for the West Richland Police Department in Washington. Perry Phipps is a Police Captain for the Visalia Police Department in Visalia, California.



Comments are closed.


  • The only thing these prospective Chief Candidates need to present to the Mayor to ensure their employment is express their ability to drink the cool aid offered by City Hall. If you want to uphold the law in an unbiased manner, the City of Snoqualmie is not for you.

  • Snoqualmies Prop 1 is misleading, don’t vote for it! While we can always use FF, the Police are overpaid, under worked and overstaffed. The “Statement in favor” of Prop 1 from the voter’s pamphlet claim the PD has the same amount of Officers as in 2000. It also claims calls have almost doubled. What they don’t tell you is Snoqualmie has continuously had open slots for Officers that have already been budgeted for yet remain unfilled; primarily due to the poor leadership of the department/City causing good Officers to leave for greener pastures or get pushed out via a corrupt disciplinary system which works against honesty and integrity to support the politically correct crowd, or most recently a terrible hiring practice. Reference the alleged increase in calls? They PD takes incident numbers (calls) for mundane petty issues such as washing their car, returning a phone call to a citizen, follow-up on an existing case number etc. These incident numbers are then used to pad statistics showing a false representation of an increase of calls. An increase in calls should be significant calls such as burglary, trespass, theft, assault…….not returning a phone call or washing your call. We don’t need more Officers to wash more cars, we are taxed enough. Fill the open slots we have. Has anyone not received Police service due to no Officers? I doubt it. If so it was due to incompetence, not lack of staffing. Vote no on Prop 1, the City is being dishonest to you and I.

  • Living Snoqualmie