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Lt. Mike Martin selected to serve as Snohomish Police Chief

SNOHOMISH, Wash., April 22, 2023—The City of Snohomish is pleased to announce that Lt. Mike Martin has been selected as the new Snohomish Chief of Police. Pending City Council approval, Lt. Martin would replace Chief Rob Palmer who will be retiring in June after almost 35 years of service. The City of Snohomish contracts with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

“I am both excited and honored to be chosen as the next Snohomish Police Chief,” said Lt. Martin. “I have big shoes to fill and look forward to working hard with the men and women of the Snohomish Police Department to maintain public trust through exceptional police service.”

Lt. Martin’s appointment is pending approval by the Snohomish City Council, which is on the agenda for their May 2, 2023, meeting. If approved, he will be sworn in by Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney at the June 20, 2023, Snohomish City Council meeting and will officially start July 1, 2023.

“Lt. Martin brings to Snohomish an impressive and meaningful amount of experience, a deep desire to serve, and a strong sense of the Snohomish community. I believe he will be a Chief that the community can look to on the issues they care about the most,” said Mayor Linda Redmon.

“I was extremely proud of how the applicants for Snohomish Police Chief performed during the selection process. I’m very pleased with the selection of Mike as our next Chief of Police,” said Chief Palmer. “I’ve worked closely with him over our careers and know that he will bring passion, experience, and ethical leadership. I’m looking forward to working with him during our transition and am completely confident in his ability to lead our police department.”

Lt. Martin has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including service as the Snohomish PD Administrative Sergeant from 2016-2018. He has served as SWAT Team Commander for almost 20 years and was the Sultan Police Chief from 2018-2022. He returns to the Snohomish Police Department from his most recent position as Transit Police Unit Commander. Lt. Martin has been awarded six Letters of Commendation and a Certificate of Merit during his service with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

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