After almost four decades in law enforcement and seven years as Issaquah’s police chief, Paul Ayers will retire April 15, 2014.
Ayers began his tenure as Issaquah’s chief of police in July 2007, after serving as chief of the Lewiston, Idaho, Police Department. In Issaquah, Ayers leads a community-oriented department with a combined commissioned staff of 61 personnel that is dedicated to provide outstanding customer service to our City.
“Our community is a better place thanks to Paul’s dedication, professionalism, creativity and commitment to community policing,” Mayor Fred Butler said. “I look forward to welcoming a new police chief who shares the same values and commitment to innovation.”
Ayers started his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Moscow, Idaho, Police Department. Throughout his career, he has served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain. He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.
Qualified candidates from within the Issaquah Police Department will be considered for police chief. Panels of community members and City staff will help make a recommendation to the mayor.