Sequim police sergeants retiring

The Sequim Police Department is losing half of its sergeants roster this summer, as Sgt. Don Reidel retired on July 31 and Sgt. Ken Almberg plans to retire from city employment on Aug. 31.


Reidel joined the department in November 2005 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to sergeant in August 2007. His law enforcement career has spanned 26 years; prior to Sequim, Reidel worked for the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy and as a corrections officer for the Department of Corrections.


Reidel is taking his experience to the Veterans Hospital in Helena, Mont., where he will begin a new career as federal police officer for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


Almberg is retiring after a 42-year career in law enforcement, nearly eight of them with the Sequim Police Department. Almberg came to Sequim after retiring as a lieutenant commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and from the Seaside (Ore.) Police Department where he served for 10 years as police chief.


As a sergeant in Sequim, Almberg has been largely responsible for managing his department’s efforts in Target Zero traffic emphasis plan. (Target Zero is the strategic safety plan developed by the Washington State Patrol to eliminate highway fatalities by 2030.)


Almberg plans to stay in Sequim, City of Sequim officials say.


The sergeant positions are expected to be filled through internal promotions.


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