A change of local first responder leadership appears to be in the air in Sequim.
The City of Sequim announced on Thursday that Deputy Police Chief Mike Hill will succeed retiring Police Chief Sheri Crain effective March 1.
He’ll start the same day as new Fire Chief Justin Grider for Clallam County Fire District 3, who was hired in January.
City Manager Matthew Huish said via press release that while searching for a new police chief, they consulted the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, and local law enforcement and first responder and community leadership.
”Mike’s exceptional qualifications, dedication to public service, and deep-rooted connection to our community qualified him as the ideal candidate,” Huish said.
“His innovative approach to community policing, strategic planning skills, and focus on technology have significantly contributed to our police department’s success.”
Crain has mentioned her retirement and succession planning for the department in recent years.
She said Hill has worked his way through steadily more challenging work assignments since starting in Sequim.
“Mike has demonstrated his deep commitment to this community and our police department,” Crain said.
“His professionalism and commitment to excellence will be his hallmark as he leads the department.
“I am proud to have witnessed his career growth and look forward to
to seeing the future achievements of the department under his leadership.”
Crain and Hill were unavailable for immediate response.
More about Hill
Hill joined the Sequim Police Department in 1998 as a Reserve Police Officer and was hired full-time in August 2001.
In his tenure, he’s served as a Field Training Officer, a K-9 Officer for about a decade, a Firearms Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics instructor.
He has worked as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant (2013-18), and Detective Sergeant before being promoted to Deputy Chief in April 2021. Hill earned a degree in Criminal Justice and continues to pursue another degree in Criminology.
He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy in 2023 with various accolades.
In an interview about being appointed deputy chief, Hill said he likes Sequim and once hired initially, he didn’t have plans to move.
“I’m happy to keep working for Sequim as far into the future as I can,” he said.
Hill is a third generation Port Angeles resident, with family in Port Angeles and in Sequim. He met his partner, Kori Malone, a detective sergeant for Port Angeles Police Department, while in Sequim, he said.
More about Crain
Crain has served as Sequim Police Chief since December 2016.
She was hired after the retirement of Bill Dickinson and served as his deputy police chief starting in 2013.
Crain started with the Sequim Police Department on Feb. 26, 1991, and carried several positions through her tenure and also completed the 10-week FBI Academy in 2013.
She moved here with her husband in 1989, working some odd jobs before she was hired at Sequim Police Department.