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Puyallup’s incoming police chief a familiar face

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on April 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm with No Comments »
April 26, 2012 5:06 pm

Puyallup’s next police chief is a familiar face.

Deputy Chief Bryan Jeter  will take over Puyallup’s department when Chief Jim Collyer retires at the end of May. The city just announced the choice.

Here’s the city’s news release:

Puyallup City Manager Ralph Dannenberg this morning announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Bryan Jeter as Puyallup’s newest police chief effective May 30, 2012.He will replace retiring police chief, Jim Collyer.

Dannenberg said he talked with several police chiefs in the area, the executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs as well as numerous Puyallup Police Department employees. ”Each person I spoke with commented on Bryan’s character, integrity, fairness and communications skills,” he said. “He has earned the respect of the people he’s worked with within the Puyallup Police Department, as well as in the region and statewide.”

Jeter serves on the Legislative Committee and Model Policy Committee of the Washington Association of Sheriff’s & Police Association. He is also co-chair of the Legislative Committee for the Pierce County Chief’s Association, chair of the Metro SWAT Oversight Committee, former Commander of Metro SWAT (which serves Puyallup, Lakewood, Bonney Lake, Fife, Milton, Sumner, Steilacoom, Buckley, Orting, and Dupont). He is also a member of the Puyallup Homeless Coalition, among many other boards and commissions.

One of the many projects he counts as a great achievement during his tenure here is the implementation of Puyallup’s 800 MHz project. He served as project manager for the department. “When 800 MHz went online in 2008 it drastically improved communications and officer safety,” he said. “It brought cutting edge public safety communication to Puyallup and is a good example of how this department and the City of Puyallup works hard to serve our citizens. I look forward to continuing that work.”

“Bryan’s leadership has helped shape the Puyallup police department into one of the best law enforcement agencies in the area,” said Dannenberg, “I can’t imagine that Puyallup could bring a person of greater integrity to this very important position than Bryan.”

Jeter was hired as Puyallup Police Department’s commander in 2005. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2008. Prior to coming to Puyallup, he served as police chief for four years with the Bonney Lake Police Department with a total of 17 years of service at Bonney Lake.

His annual salary as Puyallup’s new police chief will be $124,128.

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