This item is courtesy of News Tribune reporter Mike Archbold:
Pierce County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Moericke has been named deputy police chief for the Sumner Police Department.
Sumner Police Chief John Galle introduced Moericke, 39, to the Sumner City Council Monday. He will start work May 11.
The deputy chief position is a new position in the Sumner department and is part of Galle’s recent reorganization of the department.
Moericke will be in charge of police operations. He was selected from 10 applicants for the job.
For Moericke, it¹s like coming home. Galle said he started working as a Sumner police officer in 1988. He left police work for a business venture in 1998.
“I can¹t tell you how happy I am to come back,” he told the City Council, adding that he told then-Sumner Mayor Barbara Skinner that he would be back.
Moericke graduated from Seattle University Law School and in 1995 joined the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. He is currently assigned to the domestic violence unit.
Galle said Moericke has been out of law enforcement long enough that he needs to be recertified. That can be done either by a request for a waiver or attending a two week recertification course, he added.
Asked why he was returning to police work, Moericke said. “It’s where my heart is,” adding that the deputy chief job will allow him to use many of his skills.
The Sumner Police Department has 39 employees, including 19 career officers.