Acting Edmonds Chief of Police will not seek top job

The time has come for us all to look towards what is next for the Edmonds Police Department 

By Acting Chief of Police, Jim Lawless | Edmonds Police Department

EDMONDS, Wash., January 14, 2021 – The time has come for us all to look towards what is next for the Edmonds Police Department and move forward. The Mayor will be conducting a national search for the next Chief of Police for the Edmonds Police Department. It is my belief that the smoothest transition possible is what is needed for the department and the community to begin to heal. I will forever be grateful that for the past year plus, I have had the honor and privilege to lead the amazing women and men of this regionally respected law enforcement agency. However, I will not again apply to be the permanent Chief of Police and I accept that it was not meant to be.

As I have already stated, it has been my honor and privilege to provide direction and leadership for our staff and this wonderful community that is Edmonds. I have been incredibly impressed (but in no way surprised) by the continued professionalism and sacrifice of the women and men of your police department during this time of uncertainty and transition. The most diverse department in our city has continued to do their job at an exceptionally high level this past year, no matter what has been put in front of them. As women and men of color, diverse ethnicities and religions, and members of the LGBTQ community, our staff is representative of those we so proudly serve, our community.

So, I ask that we all move beyond the recent events and focus on what is to come. No matter where you have stood on this issue, your police department needs a nationwide pool of qualified law enforcement leaders from which to choose your next Chief of Police.  Those who apply will see that your police department is a trusted and professional organization that is ready to continue moving forward with a fantastic new generation of officers, supervisors and leadership. Let’s join together to attract the most qualified, sought after candidates a city could ask for. Your Edmonds Police Department is ready to move forward. I ask that you please join us on this journey.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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