The Snoqualmie Police Department announced last week it has two new officers on duty. The hiring fills the department’s two current openings and will reduce the amount of shifts/overtime officers had been working.
Police Chief Perry Phipps introduced John Fischbeck and Brady Lanham at the City Council meeting on February 13th. They were sworn in to their positions by Mayor Matt Larson.
Officer Fischbeck and Officer Lanham are filling vacancies to serve the North Bend community. Those positions – which have been open for some time – are paid for by the City of North Bend through a contract with the City of Snoqualmie.
Fischbeck grew up in the Renton area and attended high school at Kent Phoenix Academy. He later attended Bellevue College and Central Washington University, earning an associate degree. Fischbeck is also a Coast Guard Reserve.
Lanham, who grew up in Yakima, most recently worked as a police officer in Toppenish, where he received the Commander’s Choice Award and Excellence Award for saving another officer’s life. He was also the head of the Gang Unit and Reserve Program.
The positions filled by Fischbeck and Lanham are separate from the two police department positions created resulting from the public safety levy approved in November 2016. Recruitment of two additional officers to serve the City of Snoqualmie is underway.