On July 1, Woodinville welcomed BJ Myers as the City’s new Chief of Police. Myers was selected to serve in the role by following the retirement of Katie Larson, Woodinville’s Chief of Police for the past seven years.
“Captain Myers had about the hardest interview I can imagine based on events spanning the last year: global pandemic, civil unrest, and even an officer-involved shooting where two of Woodinville’s officers were injured in the line of duty,” said City Manager Brandon Buchanan. “With the prospect of new chaos seemingly arising daily, I am continuously impressed with Captain Myers’ ability to remain calm, collected, and thoughtful. I know that Captain Myers is deeply committed to community-based policing and will continue to build on the already-strong bond between the people of Woodinville and the law enforcement officers serving them.”
BJ Myers is a 14-year veteran of the King County Sheriff’s Office with experience in patrol operations and criminal investigations including special assault and domestic violence, as well as public information and contracting. Myers has worked with multiple contract partner agencies, including the Burien Police and King County Metro Transit Police, and recently served as Sergeant with the Woodinville Police Department from 2019 to early 2021 before being promoted to the rank of Captain within the Sheriff’s Office. Myers holds a master’s degree in Policy Studies from the University of Washington and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University.
In a message to the community, outgoing Chief Larson spoke about her experience working with Captain Myers. “I know without question that he has the skills and passion to successfully lead the police department,” Larson said. “BJ has my full support, and I believe he will take policing in our city to the next level. We have had many discussions regarding some new and innovative programs he will be introducing, and I can’t wait to see the amazing things he is going to do.”
“I’m honored to continue the work Chief Larson has been doing for years to serve the City of Woodinville,” said BJ Myers. “Amongst King County Sheriff’s Office contract cities, the City of Woodinville has an excellent reputation of being hard working and service minded. I feel lucky to be a part of the Woodinville team again.”
Speaking about his priorities as incoming Chief, Myers stated “I’m committed to the effort of rethinking how we do policing in order to ensure we are best meeting the needs of our community. I look forward to meeting with community members; residents, workers, business owners, and even our tourists and patrons so that I can gain perspective on how police can best serve Woodinville.”