The City of Lynnwood announced Tuesday that Tom Davis will now be serving as Lynnwood’s Interim Chief of Police.
Davis has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience in Washington state, most recently holding leadership roles with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
“Tom Davis is well known and well respected in this region” Mayor Nicola Smith said in a press release. ” His philosophy of community-oriented policing is in alignment with our city’s efforts to convene, converse and collaborate in order to foster a stronger partnership between the Lynnwood Police Department and our community.”
Lynnwood Deputy Chief Bryan Stanifer had been holding the position of Interim Chief since May, when former Chief Steven Jensen retired after 21 years as Lynnwood’s police chief. Lynnwood City Spokeswoman Julie Moore said Stanifer has decided not to pursue the position of permanent Chief of Police “for personal and professional reasons.” Since he has decided not to seek the position permanently, Stanifer will step back to his position as a Deputy Chief of Police.
Moore said the city has not yet started the process to recruit a new permanent Chief. The city is waiting for the results of a criminal justice study before beginning that process.
The study will examine the Police Department’s programs as well as review the city’s municipal court, prosecuting attorney and public defense services with the assistance of the Matrix Consulting Group. According to a press release, the purpose of the study is “to assess these areas and develop strategies for transparent and sustainable services.”
Interim Chief Davis will now oversee that study, which is expected to be finished before the end of the year.
“I am honored to lead the talented staff at the Lynnwood Police Department,” Interim Chief Davis said.