Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Council appoints Kristi Wilson to Redmond Police Chief, faces city homeless and heroin abuse issues

Tonight, the City Council appointed Ms. Kristi Wilson as the City’s Police Chief, replacing Ron Gibson who has retired.

According to the city website, "Kristi has served in several operations and administrative managerial roles and has held increasingly responsible positions within RPD over her 28-year career. Within the City and beyond the Police Department, Kristi has also served as a key contributor to several citywide budget, service, and efficiency initiatives from Budgeting-by-Priorities (BP) to the current City Hall Customer Service Center efforts.

Kristi has a BA in Sociology from Central Washington University, a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and is a 2012 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy (FBINA). Her broad law enforcement background and experience, coupled with her insights and knowledge of our community and our department, make her an ideal candidate for this critical public safety leadership position."

In my opinion, Chief Kristi Wilson is coming on in a time of serious need to manage the safety challenges of our growing homeless population and heroin abuse problem. Kristi will have to work closely with Redmond's Assistant Human Resources Director, Colleen Kelly -- and neighboring cities -- to work on these problems.

Bob Yoder

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