DUPONT – Following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process, the City of DuPont has announced that Robert Sheehan has been selected as the permanent Police Chief. Sheehan has been serving as the City’s Interim Police Chief since April 2013.
Sheehan retired in 2012 from the Tacoma Police Department as the Assistant Chief of Operations. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, joining the Tacoma department in 1981 after serving in the United States Air Force as a military police officer. His career experience has included operations, administration, community policing, facilities project management, investigations, SWAT team, and internal affairs.
“After interviewing several qualified candidates, Sheehan was the right choice for the job. His extensive experience and distinguished leadership qualities made him the most highly qualified candidate,” said Mayor Michael Grayum. “His well-rounded experience in all aspects of police operations will serve our City well.”
In addition to providing oversight of daily operations, Mayor Grayum has tasked Sheehan with the recruitment and hiring of two vacant police officer positions, training of department personnel, strengthening employee relations, public safety communications infrastructure projects, and establishing a neighborhood Block Watch program.
“Chief Sheehan will be a great asset to the residents and businesses of our community and the professionals of our DuPont Police Department,” Mayor Grayum stated. “I have full confidence he will help take our department to the next level.”