Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office of Neighborhoods is back!

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., January 19, 2023—Today, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office announced that after a six-month hiatus, the Office of Neighborhoods (OON) outreach team is back in the field helping Snohomish County residents.

Founded in 2015, OON began as a part of the city of Everett’s safe street initiative, a multi-agency task force comprised of different organizations and businesses within the community, working to develop creative and innovative solutions to homelessness throughout the county. In June of last year, the Sheriff’s Office announced a reassignment of specialty units to patrol to offset staffing shortages and provide a safer working environment for deputies. 

In June of last year there were 27 deputy vacancies, Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, shared with the Lynnwood Times. The three specialty units impacted by the staff reassignments to fill vacancies were:

  • Office of Neighborhoods, 4 positions
  • Directed Patrol, 2 positions
  • K-9, 5 positions

In today’s Facebook post on January 19, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office shared that the Office of Neighborhoods will return under the continued leadership of Sgt. James Chelin. Resident comments left on the Facebook posting reinstating OON was overwhelmingly positive.

Office of Neighborhoods
Office of Neighborhoods
Office of Neighborhoods
Office of Neighborhoods
Office of Neighborhoods

The OON team includes Law Enforcement Embedded Social Workers (LEESWs) with Snohomish County Human Services who help unsheltered individuals locate and navigate social and health services – and lessen the likelihood of re-offending, having law enforcement contact, or being incarcerated. It teams up law enforcement with social workers who go out into the field and connect with unsheltered and vulnerable populations in the county. The team works to locate and identify individuals struggling with behavioral health and/or substance use disorder.

For residents interested in additional information or to contact our OON outreach team, click here.

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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One thought on “Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office of Neighborhoods is back!

  • January 20, 2023 at 10:10 AM

    All LEO’s are dedicated to this great movement. Thank an officer! Show you care.


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