Via press release on June 14, 2016, the City of Snoqualmie announced Police Chief Steve McCulley was retiring. McCulley, who took over the reins in 2012 when SPD Chief Jim Schaeffer retired, will be handing the [interim] reins back to Schaeffer.
McCulley, a longtime North Bend resident, was promoted from Captain to Chief in 2012. Before that he served nearly three decades in the Washington State Patrol
According to the release:
When Police Chief Steve McCulley was hired to lead the Snoqualmie Police Department, he arrived to find a department that was well-respected by the community and that embraced a strong philosophy of community-oriented policing.
Over the last several years, Chief McCulley has worked with the police department to improve accountability, transparency, readiness, and professionalism. During the last two years, the police department has been providing outstanding police services not just to the City of Snoqualmie, but also to the City of North Bend. The outcome of the department’s hard work has been a safer, more secure community, and a safe and robust work environment for our officers.
Chief McCulley has reached a time where he feels that his goals for the community and the police department have been accomplished, and he is announcing his retirement to allow new leadership to continue to enhance the development of law enforcement services for the upper Snoqualmie Valley.
Schaeffer returns to Chief Role
Jim Schaffer will be leading police department operations in the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend as interim Chief. According to a separate press release, “his leadership, both in police service and as a committed volunteer in the Snoqualmie Valley community, has been greatly appreciated and admired.”
Schaffer served the Snoqualmie Police Department for 23 years prior to his retirement in 2012. He became a Snoqualmie police officer in 1989 and was promoted to sergeant, captain, and then chief in 2003.
The City of Snoqualmie said it wishes Chief McCulley the best in his future endeavors and welcomes Jim Schaffer back to the police department during the hiring process for a new Police Chief.